• 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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  • Reminder about COPD pathway

    26 November 2018

    The NHS RightCare COPD pathway provides a set of resources to support local health economies to concentrate their improvement efforts where there is greatest opportunity to address variation and improve population health. It shows commissioners and providers how to ensure early detection with accurate diagnosis and how to optimise long term management to reduce hospital admissions and premature mortality.

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  • Mental health data and analysis: a guide for health professionals

    26 November 2018

    Public Health England has published guidance for commissioners and health professionals to make decisions about mental health services and interventions.

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