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Are you aware of the changes to the 2017/18 GP contract?

The new GP contract is bound to have positive and negative impressions on general practices across England. After changes to the new contract were agreed by the government, NHS England and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee. How will the new changes affect you and your practice? Are they good or bad?     The main headlines in the contract is that the unplanned DES will discontinue and £156.7m will supplement the global sum, around £238m will be invested into...

Author: Christiana Da-Silva
Published: 14 Feb 2017

PM vows to follow through with 7 day GP service

It isn’t a surprise to hear that A&E hospital trusts across the UK have a sense of panic, chaos or disruption. Official data revealed by NHS England said that 65 hospital trusts issued warnings of immense pressures, this includes some trusts who declared the highest state of emergency. Could the 7 day GP service relieve stresses on A&E departments? If so, what does this mean for GPs and their staff? Theresa May has vowed, unless doctor’s surgeries can prove there is no demand for ...

Author: Christiana Da-Silva
Published: 20 Jan 2017

GP practices to be inspected by the CQC on data security

The Care Quality Commission will include data security audits when carrying out inspections at GP practices. The new security standards have been approved by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Two data reports were commissioned by Jeremy Hunt last year. One from the National Data Guardian (NDG) to set new data security standards for health and social care, the other from the CQC to analyse the existing levels of data security across the NHS.    Data security auditing for safe data and ...

Author: Rob Muddiman
Published: 20 Jul 2016

Getting the most from your temporary healthcare support staff

Clinical support staff are essential to the smooth running of GP practices and healthcare organisations across the UK. These roles are often in demand and require locum staff to fill positions. If you are using temporary staff it is relatively simple to ensure that your practice or healthcare organisation gets full value for money from its temporary employees. When should you use temporary or locum staff? Temp staff allows your health organisation to adjust more quickly to varying wor...

Author: Rob Muddiman
Published: 17 Mar 2016

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