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GPs

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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.

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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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Hunt: Peer review, not top-down targets, can improve NHS

Jeremy Hunt has praised the benefits of peer review to improve NHS standards, saying it is a better method than top-down targets.

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Updated: Four out of five GP practices rated 'good' by CQC

More than four in five GP practices rated by the Care Quality Commission have been judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, analysis by HSJ has found.

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Exclusive: Clinical leaders 'more willing to challenge diktats', research finds

Clinical leaders are ‘more willing to challenge or ignore diktats and messages from above’ than their managerial colleagues in clinical commissioning groups, research shared exclusively with HSJ has found.

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63 CCGs take control of primary care budgets despite serious misgivings

Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have taken on fully delegated responsibility of their primary care budgets despite serious concerns raised by some groups, HSJ has learned.

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Jeremy Hunt: NHS funding will be settled in the summer

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated the Conservatives would meet the NHS’s funding requirements, but declined to specifically say they would increase spending by the £8bn sum identified by national officials.

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Revealed: Details of primary care control shift

The clinical commissioning groups taking on full control of GP services in their area this week will be responsible for performance managing poor practices and approving practice mergers, according to documents seen by HSJ.

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CQC drops risk ratings from GP monitoring

The Care Quality Commission will no longer be risk rating GP practices as part of its intelligent monitoring process.

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CCGs given only two weeks to finalise primary care budget arrangements

Commissioners have been left with only two weeks to finalise ?potentially complex legal arrangements for taking control of their primary care budgets.

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Exclusive: Rise in consultations greater for non-GPs, analysis finds

Activity in general practice has risen in the last three complete financial years, but most of this has been for medical professionals other than GPs, research by a leading health think thank suggests.

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Exclusive: Manchester deal criticised for lack of GP involvement

Greater Manchester’s £6bn devolution deal has been criticised for excluding GPs from consultation about the new arrangements.

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CCGs to use primary care powers to develop new care models

The first clinical commissioning groups to be given control of their the primary care budgets have said they will use their new powers to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View’s new models of care and scale up GP services, HSJ has learnt.

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CCGs taking on full primary care co-commissioning powers revealed

NHS England has revealed the 64 clinical commissioning groups that will take full control of their local primary care budgets from April.

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Stevens: New care vanguard must bring in GP lists

The involvement of GPs is the most important and most challenging factor facing any area wanting to trial one of the new models of care detailed in the NHS Five Year Forward View, Simon Stevens has said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Don't let primary care patients slip through the nets

Why primary care needs to prioritise patient safety

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

Specialists can support and train GPs and nurses

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