• Make your primary care network work for you

    20 March 2019

    Spring is a busy time for practices.

    This year, as well as the annual delights of year-end reporting, QOF, DSP and the day job, practice managers have been told to get on with forming primary care networks (PCNs).

    “Told” because “working at scale” is no longer just a helpful suggestion but a matter of policy. Participation of individual practices is officially optional, but as there are going to be financial incentives for working in networks – and diminishing prospects for those who chose to rely on the core contract – the element of choice is more limited than it may appear.

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  • BMA summarises 2019 contract reforms

    14 March 2019

    The BMA has been on a national tour setting out the reforms to the 2019/20 GP contract. The roadshow continues until early next month, but for those practices that have been unable to attend, the main points are set out in the BMA’s presentation. Further information, including news of remaining dates and venues, can be found at the BMA’s website.

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  • Support organisations also need to step up if primary care networks are to fulfil their potential

    8 March 2019

    The NHS Long Term Plan heralds a fresh, and to me welcome, approach to healthcare in England.

    For many years there have been promises of a primary care led NHS but funding of primary care has continued to fall as a percentage of NHS spend. Workload in the meantime has continued to rise.

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  • Commissioners still failing to tackle causes of ill health, says community development advocate

    11 February 2019

    One of the most eloquent passages in the Five Year Forward View urged the NHS to stop fixing health problems and to tap into society’s collective ability to avoid sickness in the first place. 

    Too often, it said, the NHS adopted a remedial approach to health instead of helping to create the conditions to keep people well. 

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  • Why Welsh practices hope to stop seeing diabetics

    11 February 2019

    Generic healthy eating campaigns run through the dark days straight after Christmas doubtless have some benefit – but mostly on those inclined to think about their health regardless. 

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