• What the sharper focus on primary care means in practice

    7 June 2016

    The GP Forward View makes clear that policy makers understand the crucial role of general practice both in keeping the NHS running and in making the changes that will make it sustainable in future. Some of these themes are explored in the latest issue of Commissioning Excellence, which covers support for the more than 20% of practices defined as “vulnerable” as well as initiatives to develop the general practice workforce. The Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice programme seeks to make pharmacists part of the clinical team in around 700 practices, widening the skills available in general practice and easing pressure on GPs.

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  • Vulnerable practices need more than a quick fix

    3 June 2016

    The project to create primary care at scale cannot hope to succeed while substantial parts of general practice are struggling with the basic problem of survival.

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  • PCC supports scheme to embed clinical pharmacists in general practice

    3 June 2016

    PCC is supporting around 700 GP practices to bring clinical pharmacists into practice teams, as part of a major programme to improve the skill mix in general practice and relieve pressure on GPs.

    PCC’s role is to work with the practices as they make the changes needed to embed clinical pharmacists in their new roles and develop the capability to manage further workforce change in future.

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  • Diabetes care makes the case for outcomes based approach

    3 June 2016

    Outcomes based commissioning may “go against the grain” of how care has been commissioned but will benefit patients, a PCC event focussed on care for people with diabetes has heard.

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  • Significant scope for improvement in NHS diabetes care

    3 June 2016

    Commissioning better care for people with diabetes would benefit both patients and taxpayers, NHS delegates to a PCC event heard this month. The event, which focused on “outcomes based” approaches to buying diabetes services, comes in the wake of a report from the World Health Organisation that 1 in every 11 adults now have the condition.

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