Skill – News and Comment from Roy Lilley

Last year, in their annual report, the CQC told us we were ‘at a tipping point’. This year, in their annual report, they tell us we are at a ‘tipping point’. I wonder what they’ll say next year?  Whatever it is I can’t see the point. Here’s how they catalogue the state of play… Older […]

Harder than most people think – News and Comment from Roy Lilley

Would it be a good idea to say to a nurse who has worked flat out; ‘Well done and as our way of saying thank-you, here’s a £50 voucher for Marks and Sparks…’   We might say to admin-staff; ‘Join the lunch-time walking club, use the stairs, not the lift and we’ll give you a […]

Dr Helen McGeown Visits Two CQC Outstanding Practices

Dr Helen McGeown looks at Amersham Vale Health Center and the Doctor Hickey Surgery in London. Both practice with a CQC outstanding rating. Previous news item Dr Joanne Fillingham Harnessing the value of allied health professionals Is investment in GP services increasing?

Dr Joanne Fillingham Harnessing the value of allied health professionals

So how will NHSI and those wider ALBs support the delivery of AHPs Into Action across provider organisations and wider across the system? What I’m wanting to do is talk about the four priorities that we need to keep a focus on as AHPs. So priority one, AHPs can lead change. In AHPs Into Action […]

Is investment in GP services increasing?

The government and the national NHS bodies have made attempts to recognise and address the issues facing general practice. In April 2016, NHS England published the General practice forward view, which outlined a range of initiatives and investment for general practice. Among the measures it introduced were a programme to address some of the administrative […]

Releasing Capacity in General Practice

Farzana Hussain, a GP who participated in the General Practice Improvement Leaders programme, shares her quality improvement journey. In July’s diary, the first in a series, Farzana discusses why she turned Farzana Hussain, a GP who participated in the General Practice Improvement Leaders programme, shares her quality improvement journey. In July’s diary, the first in […]

Wellbeing for GPs: How can we improve wellbeing in our practices?

At the RCGP conference in Harrogate earlier this year, I took part in a discussion about staff wellbeing with about 40 GP delegates. The conversation emerged in response to two questions: ‘How can staff health and wellbeing contribute to practice resilience?’ and ‘What can practices do to protect and enhance staff health and wellbeing?’ The […]

NHS plan for 7500 GP practices to become 1500 ‘superhubs’ revealed

Credit: This story was first seen on The Telegraph Thousands of GP practices are under threat of closure, with 7500 surgeries to become 1500 ‘superhubs’ under government plans to expand opening times, The Telegraph reports. Patients groups last night expressed alarm after a junior health minister revealed moves to turn small practices into giant clinics. David […]

GP Appointment Waiting Times

A growth in the average life expectancy, a reduction in the number of new GPs entering the profession, an increase in the number of practitioners taking early retirement, changing their medical discipline or emigrating, coupled with a dramatic reduction in funding over recent years have, individually and in combination, created a vicious circle, one of […]