• 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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  • Top tips for growing a thriving primary care network

    31 January 2019

    The NHS’s 10-year plan may be billed as long term, but policy makers expect general practices to leap into action to form primary care networks (PCNs). According to the NHS Long Term Plan, practices have until July to get into groups.

    Ultimately GPs might well welcome the voice that the networks will give general practice and the status they gain as the building blocks for integrated care systems. Those systems, after all, appear set to be the geographical footprint for key decision making in the near future.

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  • Patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital with tailored home help scheme

    16 January 2019

    An NHS programme in Somerset has helped patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital and freed up at least £2m for other services.

    Somerset’s pioneering Homefirst scheme offers patients who are healthy enough tailored help to finish therapy at home, with personalised care reducing stays in hospital by up to ten days.

    Homefirst is delivered by specialist teams of staff who have been given additional training in a range of care techniques, so they can do more with patients once they are home, to help them regain independence faster.

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  • NHS operational planning and contracting 2019/20, technical guidance

    16 January 2019

    NHS England has issued technical planning guidance to support the submission of consistent planning templates.

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  • Luton primary care network frees up 3,000 extra appointments

    11 January 2019

    GP practices in Luton have worked together to provide more than 3,000 extra appointments a year including halving the number of appointments lost due to patient non-attendance.
    As well as freeing up appointments, the initiative has improved satisfaction with services and cut complaints by 12%. The network has also realised savings of £50,000.
    NHS England has made a video highlighting the network’s achievements.

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