• Wallsall network comes together in 60,000 patient super-practice

    4 December 2018

    Work on bringing just two practices together is set to result in a constituent super-practice in Walsall.

    The Portland and Northgate practices had operated from the same purpose-built building for nearly 20 years, so when they began sharing a practice manager on an interim basis in 2016, there was a certain inevitability that the relationship would be consummated.

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  • Are GP partners the new worried well?

    4 December 2018

    The interim report from the GP partnership review reminds us that medical melancholy over everything from premises to workload to digital disruption now represents a threat to traditional general practice.

    The review’s chairman, Nigel Watson, identified all those issues (and more) when the report appeared in October.

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  • GP apps promise to change how we pay for primary care

    4 December 2018

    Digital healthcare services will fundamentally challenge the basis of existing primary care contracting and payment systems.

    Rob McGough, a partner with law firm Hill Dickinson, told a recent PCC event that the rise of large scale online and app providers was not foreseen when existing models were put in place. That, after all, was a different time – before the advances and ready access to technology we see today.

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  • Leadership in integrated care systems

    4 December 2018

    The NHS Leadership Academy commissioned the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) to undertake research to increase understanding of leadership of integrated care systems. Free registration is required to access this document.

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  • December issue of PCC Insight on innovation in primary care

    4 December 2018

    There has been plenty of attention on the impact of technology led GP services, but most of that has been about the impact on GPs and patients. There are also profound commissioning implications as current regulations and contracts were written before GPAtHand and their rivals appeared on the scene. Some of these were explored at a recent PCC event. A report on the event is among the articles in the December issue of PCC Insight (formerly Commissioning Excellence) which also includes more on the case for including clinical pharmacists in the primary care skill mix and how a merger of two Walsall GP practices quickly turned into a five-practice affair covering a population of 60,000. Sign up to get future issues emailed to you every two months.

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