• Leicester referrals system shows collaboration at work

    10 May 2018

    When NHS Leicester Health Informatics Service (LHIS) was approached by local GPs to develop a referral management system, the idea was enthusiastically backed by the area’s three CCGs, who provided the funding to get the project off the ground. Four years later, the system is used by all 138 GP practices in the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) area and in 2017/18 supported 110,000 referrals across 130 conditions.

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  • Secrets of successful practice mergers

    10 May 2018

    What makes a successful merger? Paul Burns, PCC’s lead for practice mergers, pauses: “Meeting the aspirations you had at the start of the journey,” he says.

    It’s not the answer you might expect because the merger process is complex, time-consuming and often fraught with hidden obstacles. So much so that the process can start to get confused with the outcome.

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  • Why you shouldn’t take ‘light touch’ procurement too lightly

    8 May 2018

    Health commissioners should not be lulled into a false sense of security around procurement by the title ‘light touch regime’.

    That was the key message from Hempsons partner Deborah Ramshaw when she addressed a recent PCC workshop in London.

    Ramshaw told participants that although the new regulatory regime, which came into force in April 2016, is less prescriptive than the full regulatory regime, commissioners and their NHS partners still face the very real threat of legal challenge if they fail to act reasonably and transparently. Read what else she had to say in our report from the event.

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  • Commissioners urged not to take ‘light touch’ procurement regime lightly

    8 May 2018

    Health commissioners should not be lulled into a false sense of security around procurement by the title ‘light touch regime’.

    That was the key message from Hempsons partner Deborah Ramshaw when she addressed a recent PCC workshop in London.

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  • In at the deep end but keeping her head above water

    29 June 2017

    By working in three west London practices across five days, clinical pharmacist Shelina Shah rather jumped in the deep end when NHS England launched its pilot programme in early 2016.

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