• 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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  • Good news with strings attached: implications of the GP network contract

    8 February 2019

    General practice has every reason to welcome the NHS Long Term Plan and the contract settlement that followed in its wake, according to lawyer Nils Christiansen. Extra funding for primary care will create an opportunity to build multidisciplinary teams and stronger local organisations, but in order to benefit from the new money practices will need to be prepared to work together.

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  • When your pharmacy can give you a headache: a prescription for dispensing practices

    7 February 2019

    As with any change, the drive to deliver primary care at scale carries with it the risk of unintended consequences.

    For a dispensing practice looking to merge or to move to shiny new premises, the loss of a valuable income stream from dispensing can be one.

    PCC primary care adviser Charlotte Goodson cautions that the regulations in this area are particularly opaque and complex and dispensing practices need to take stock when planning changes.

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  • More details on what long-term plan means for the GP contract

    31 January 2019

    The BMA and NHS England have published a five-year “framework” setting out changes to the GP contract to stimulate the development of primary care networks (PCNs) and multidisciplinary teams. The document includes year by year funding commitments giving practices a clearer idea of levels of investment they can expect to see in social prescribing, clinical pharmacists and other initiatives designed to take pressure off the GP workforce.

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  • NHS payments to general practice

    21 December 2018

    NHS Digital has published its annual report on payments to general practice for 2017/18.

    The report provides details on payments to providers of general practice services in England in the past financial year.

    It includes a breakdown of payments made through the global sum, balance of Primary Medical Services (PMS) expenditure, quality and outcomes framework (QOF) and enhanced services, including an estimate of how much the NHS paid by registered patient in England.

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