• Findings from CQC inspections of GP practices

    22 September 2017

    The Care Quality Commission has published the most detailed analysis yet of the quality and safety of general medical practice in England. Its report uses data for the past three years. CQC found that 4% of practices were rated outstanding, 86% were good, 8% require improvement and 2% were inadequate.

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  • How specialised services are transforming care

    22 September 2017

    NHS England has launched a new animation about its specialised services. The animation aims to build a greater understanding with patients and the public, clinicians and other stakeholders about the specialised services that NHS England commissions. The animation is supported by a brochure which explains in more detail about how specialised services are delivering cutting-edge care.

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  • Improving access to general practice: communications guide and resource pack published

    22 September 2017

    NHS England has published a communications guide and resource pack to support commissioners and general practice providers to promote general practice services to patients. The guide includes practical advice on developing a range of communications activities and is accompanied by a variety of communications resources including poster templates, web banners and other promotional materials which can be downloaded for use locally. Queries can be directed to england.gpaccess@nhs.net.

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  • NHS payments to general practice, England 2016/17

    21 September 2017

    NHS Digital has published details of NHS payments to individual providers of general practice services in England. Figures are given for the main payment categories which include “global sum” the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG), balance of PMS expenditure, quality and outcomes framework (QOF) and enhanced services.

    The data used for this report covers the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and includes providers of general practice services that received payments through the NHS Digital GP payments system (NHAIS) and NHS England's integrated single finance environment (ISFE) which captured all CCG and regional local team payments made directly to practices.

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  • Promises to give people control of their care are being broken

    21 September 2017

    New research concludes that, despite two decades of policy promises, NHS services still do not give people adequate control of their own health and care, and there is no reporting of whether people’s care is coordinated across health and social care.

    The study, conducted by National Voices, a coalition of over 160 health and care charities, looked at key dimensions of “person-centred care” as reported by patients and service users themselves.

    It found that just 3% of people with one or more long-term conditions reported having a written plan for their care and support.

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