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Ian Cumming

Exclusive: ‘Flawed’ perceptions of GPs impact recruitment, warns HEE

Junior doctors and medical students are being put off training as GPs because of ‘fundamental flaws’ in how the profession is perceived, the chief executive of Health Education England has told HSJ.

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Prime minister announces new contract for large GP providers

The government will introduce a new contract for large scale extended primary care providers, the prime minister announced today.

Steve Field

Field: 'Nothing against' trusts taking over failing GP practices

Chief inspector of general practice Steve Field has said he is happy for struggling GP practices to be taken over by larger providers and NHS trusts if it results in better leadership.


Analysis: GP share of NHS spending falls for third year

The share of the total health budget spent on GP services fell for the third successive year in 2014-15, according to figures from annual accounts. This is despite national NHS leaders’ declared intention to expand primary care.

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Commissioning system analysed: Spending, staffing and leadership

An in-depth look at how CCGs spend their money, their workforce and leadership

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NHS England to look at costs hindering primary care expansion

NHS England is looking at how to bring down financial barriers deterring GPs from taking on out of hours work, participating in new care models and expanding primary care, HSJ has learned.

Educating patient

Exclusive: Hunt's GP 'scorecard' plan could be dropped

The government may not introduce a ‘scorecard’ for GP practice performance, as Jeremy Hunt has previously proposed, HSJ has been told.

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CQC to assess whole health systems

The Care Quality Commission is to pilot assessing whole health systems as part of a move towards a more place based approach to regulation.

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Exclusive: CQC airs prospect of 'more light touch' regulation

The Care Quality Commission will begin considering whether it should move to ‘more light touch’ regulation later this year, the chief inspector of general practice has told HSJ.

Computer and stethoscope opt out ignored by commissioners, campaigners claim

Patients who opted out from having their GP records shared as part of the programme have been ignored by commissioners behind a pilot scheme in Southend, privacy campaigners have claimed.


HEE review: Primary care should be favoured for running community nursing

A series of recommendations have been set out by a major review of primary care workforce commissioned by Health Education England.

Ben Jupp

Exclusive: CCGs need to ‘radically evolve to have a future’

Clinical commissioning groups would need to ‘radically evolve’ to be sustainable once new care models are developed, according to a report commissioned by the Nuffield Trust.


Nearly 600 GP practices closed since 2010

Nearly 600 GP practices have closed in the last five years, data seen by HSJ reveals.

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Revealed: Which CCGs are paying GP practices to form federations

A third of clinical commissioning groups with control of their primary care budgets plan to fund member GP practices to get them to form federations, HSJ has found

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt: 5,000 new GPs the 'maximum' in five years

Jeremy Hunt has said recruiting 5,000 additional GPs would be the ‘maximum’ possible within the next five years.


Exclusive: CCGs choose not to use power to ditch QOF

There is a little appetite among clinical commissioning groups to move their member practices off the national GP pay for performance framework, despite recently being given powers to do so, HSJ has found.

Jeremy Hunt

Updated: Hunt tells GPs 'deliver your side of the bargain'

The government plans to introduce financial incentives to attract GPs into under-doctored areas in a major shake-up of general practice.

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NHS England admits 'rush' to spend GP premises fund

NHS England has signalled it will adopt a ‘strategic approach’ in its use of a £1bn fund for primary care premises, admitting that the first year of investment had been a ‘rush’.

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All CCGs must go to market for support services

NHS England has instructed all clinical commissioning groups they must go to the market to procure a number of support services rather than bring them in house.


GP sector sees 'boom' in large provider companies

There has been a ‘boom’ in large scale GP provider organisations being set up in recent months.

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Healthy family

Collaborate and integrate to improve diabetes care

Wolverhampton CCG’s success story

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We're all leaders: integration means collaboration

Integrated care means integrated working

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Reach out to GPs and social care to create provider led solutions

Making the move to capitated outcomes based commissioning

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Appraise be: how reflection can boost GPs' productivity

Don’t fear appraisal: it can actually lead to increased skills and care quality


How CCGs can make co-commissioning work

Making CCGs’ expanded role work

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The system-wide approach to turn around a struggling health economy

Lessons learned by Guildford and Waverley CCG

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