Government and NHS commit an additional £1.5 billion in total for general practice | Department of Health and Social Care
The Government and NHS England have committed at least an additional £1.5 billion for general practice over the next four years for additional staff, a key step towards delivering 50 million more appointments in general practice by 2024.
In addition to the Government’s commitment to invest in general practice under the Long Term Plan, this funding is for the recruitment of 6,000 more primary care professionals as well as for initiatives to support the recruitment and retention of doctors in general practice.
In agreement with the profession, the General Practice Contract for 2020/21 will also offer more check-ups for new mums as part of a major deal with England’s family doctors.
Also included in the agreement are regular visits for care home residents, assessing medication and new incentives to increase uptake of vaccinations and learning disability health checks, expand social prescribing referrals, and improve prescription safety checks.
Expanding the new workforce will allow GPs to focus on the sickest patients and will in time allow them to provide longer appointments to people who need one.
The Health Foundation | January 2020| Quality improvement in general practice
A press release from The Health Foundation outlines the importance of quality improvement (QI) to general practice. The charity has recently funded a piece of research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) that looks at draws on survey responses from over 2,300 GPs and over 1,400 practice managers across the UK, along with interviews and other qualitative research. The findings provide a unique insight into the state of quality improvement in general practice, and a better understanding of how to help the sector strengthen its improvement capability.
The researchers found that most GPs and practice managers see improving quality as a core aspect of their work. Almost all of them (99%) reported their practices being involved in some form of improvement activity, with the driver for much of this work coming from within practices rather than external prompts. Further, many respondents (60% of GPs and 71% of practice managers) said they were working collaboratively with neighbouring practices to improve services (Source: The Health Foundation).
Skills for Health | January 2019 | New framework launched provides core capabilities clarity for advanced level nurses in primary care/general practice, promoting a high standard of patient care
A framework launched this week provides clarity around the core capabilities required by advanced level nurses working in primary care/general practice and will promote a high standard of care for those utilising the services. It will allow nurses to showcase their advanced level knowledge, skills and behaviours which will be essential in the development of the multi-professional teams to provide excellent prevention and care for people accessing their services.
This framework sets a standard regarding the academic knowledge, skills and behaviours required to enable the highest standards of practice within primary care and general practice. It will support nurses working at an advanced level to demonstrate and evidence their capabilities to service commissioners, employers, people utilising health care and the public. (Source: Skills for Health).
Royal College of General Practitioners & Skills for Health
This guide draws on insights from research, policy analysis and leadership practice to outline ways in which practices can create and sustain effective teams, as they come together to form primary care networks | The Kings Fund
The need for collaboration and communication underpins much of the guide and links to further reading and case studies to support each section are provided. The guide looks at the following questions:
New publication from General Medical Council (GMC) reveals 45% of GPs work less than full time, and 36% have reduced their hours in the past year as report highlights doctors are making choices for a better work-life balance.
This report highlights changing approaches to work-life balance and career development which impact on UK health services’ ability to plan for patient demand. Against a backdrop of rising workloads and the need to recruit and retain a sustainable medical workforce, the report finds doctors moving away from traditional career and training paths. Among notable trends is the rise in the number of doctors choosing to spend time working as a locum, practising medicine abroad, or even taking a year out, rather than going straight into specialty or GP training after the completion of their initial training.
One in four cancer patients experienced a delay to their diagnosis that could have been avoided, according to a new study | via Cancer Research UK
A new study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, looked at data the national cancer registry of around 14,300 people diagnosed with cancer in England in one year.
It found that nearly 3,400 patients experienced a delay that could have been avoided. Half of these patients waited around two months longer to be diagnosed compared with those who didn’t have an avoidable delay.
The reasons for delays are complex but researchers on this study attempted to identify what could go wrong. The study authors asked GPs to identify when the delay happened – before the patient saw their GP, while they were still being assessed by the GP practice or after they had referred them.
The data showed 13% of all avoidable delays happened before the patient saw their GP and 38% after the GP referred them to hospital. The other half (49%) happened while the patient was being assessed by the GP surgery including waiting for tests to be done and results to be sent back.