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GPs

Jeremy Hunt 2014

Cabinet ministers focus on delayed transfers ahead of election

Ministers across government are focusing on attempting to cut the rate of delayed transfers of care in a renewed effort to improve accident and emergency performance ahead of the general election.

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Future role of GPs in commissioning is ‘fragile’, report finds

GPs involved in clinical commissioning groups have doubts about whether they will be capable of taking on additional responsibility for primary care, health think tanks have warned.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

CCGs consider swapping GPs to avoid conflict of interest

Clinical commissioning groups are considering swapping GPs with their neighbouring groups to safeguard against potential conflicts of interest in commissioning primary care.

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Updated: Third of CCGs apply for full co-commissioning powers over GP members

Around a third of clinical commissioning groups are bidding to take over responsibility for performance management and budgets of their member GP practices from April, HSJ can reveal.

Walk in centre

Walk-in centres reduce demand on A&Es, research suggests

Up to a fifth of people attending walk-in centres were diverted from an A&E, according to new research by an academic at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Workforce

New national advisory board to tackle workforce issues

A new national advisory board with a system-wide coordination role for workforce issues is to be created, the NHS planning guidance has revealed.

HSJ Annual Lecture 2014

Schism emerges over Stevens' integrated care organisation models

Plans to introduce a range of new care models into the NHS over the next parliament has split the opinion of provider chiefs and clinical commissioning group leaders

HSJ Annual Lecture 2014

'Success regime' will direct struggling areas to new models, Stevens reveals

National officials will create a ‘success regime’ in which struggling areas are directed to move quickly into the new care models proposed in the NHS Five Year Forward View, Simon Stevens has revealed, while warning local leaders against attempts to ‘re-spray’ their existing plans.

HSJ Annual Lecture 2014

NHS England chief defines 'multispecialty community providers'

The NHS England chief executive has set out nine requirements that define a ‘multispecialty community provider’, one of the key care models in his vision for the future of the NHS.

Simon Stevens

Simon Stevens to give first HSJ annual lecture

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens will reveal his latest thinking on the future of the service in next week’s inaugural HSJ annual lecture.

Walk in centre

Four in 10 GP practices need modernisation

More than 40 per cent of GP practices are unlikely to be capable of providing modern primary care services, according to analysis by construction consultants.

OOH providers warn over rising indemnity costs

Out of hours providers are struggling to find GPs to cover shifts because of spiralling insurance premiums.

Steve Field

Smaller GP practices fared worse under inspections, CQC finds

Smaller GP practices have fared worse under the Care Quality Commission’s inspections so far because of the “splendid isolation” in which some are operating, Professor Steve Field has said

Mike Bewick

Primary care 'in foothills' of modernisation, says NHS England director

Primary care has only reached the ‘foothills’ of transformation, Mike Bewick has said during an interview in which he predicts a “steeper fall” in the number of individual GP practices

GP and patient

Bewick: Up-skilled GPs should support emergency and acute services

Emergency and acute services in some areas could increasingly be supported by up-skilled GPs, working across hospital and community settings, NHS England’s deputy medical director has said

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Plans to involve GPs in NHS 111 'naive'

NHS England has ‘lost’ time exploring the use of GPs for the NHS 111 phone line as there are too few in the workforce to support it, a leading clinician has said

GP and patient

CCGs permitted to ditch QOF and national GP contract

Clinical commissioning groups will be free to allow GP practices to move off the national pay for performance framework and to create new contract arrangements

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'New care models' to cover half of England

More than half of England should be covered by new models of providing care, such as hospitals running GP practices, under a major shift proposed by national NHS leaders

GP and patient

Fall in GP engagement with CCGs, NHS England survey finds

Only half of GPS feel they are involved in CCG decision making, according to an NHS England commissioned survey

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Premium payments to remain within general practice

GPs have cautiously welcomed official guidance that appears to ensure “premium payments” clawed back from GP practices can only be spent on primary care services.

More on GPs

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The future for specialists is beyond a hospital’s four walls

Specialists can support and train GPs and nurses

Man trying to sleep

Wake up to the commissioning needs of sleep disorders

Moving some services into primary care risks ‘dumbing down’

Walk in centre

Only a whole culture change can make self-care a reality

There is no magic wand to care redesign

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Take to the high street for community based eye care

Local treatments takes pressure off budgets

Houses in Kent

Create a training ground for future CCG leaders

GPs signing up to Kent-based programme

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Rising Stars: Essential reading on NHS portfolio careers

Looking at the benefits for doctors and the health service

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