A new national GP workforce initiative will be announced as part of a package of measures for general practice to be unveiled by the government and NHS England within weeks.
NHS England is committed to ensuring that public and patient voices are at the centre of shaping our healthcare services. Every level of our commissioning system needs to be informed by insightful methods of listening to those who use and
NHS England is asking armed forces veterans to share their experience of mental health services and help improve future care across the country. The launch of a national survey will help improve the care available for veterans as they move
Patients first diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer will now get immediate access to a drug which studies have shown can extend their life by more than a year compared to current options, NHS England has announced. Following a review of
NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer explains why she is playing her part in helping sell the Health Service to a new generation.
A risk score based on data routinely gathered by GP practices could accurately predict patients’ risk of developing dementia over the next five years, research has suggested.
Older patients and people with long term conditions and mental health problems will be among the first to benefit from a major new drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Friday
An ex-security guard from Durham has beaten the threat of Type 2 diabetes by giving up the takeaways and beer that led him to have the ‘heart age of an 84 year old man’. Robert Routledge, of Ludworth, Durham, overhauled
CCGs failing to meet average levels for diabetes care should be identified and forced to improve, MPs have warned, in a report highlighting ‘unacceptable’ variation in care across England.
As a new NHS England service specification is launched on diabetes transition, Newham’s DAWN scheme shows how the use of technology has led to successful results. A pilot scheme in Newham helping young people keep on top of their diabetes care
Advice on using social media, texts and Skype to keep young people engaged in treatment for their diabetes has been published as part of wider information to help commissioners improve care transition. NHS England has produced a new service specification to
The Chair of the NHS England Gender Identity Task and Finish Group reflects on a new top-level report on transgender issues.
Two thirds of practice nurses believe they are underpaid and a third plan to retire in the next five years, according to a poll that sheds new light on the deepening GP crisis.
The proportion of all brain MRI and chest CT scans that resulted from direct GP referrals has risen over the past two years, but direct referral has flatlined for other diagnostic tests, official data suggests.
Five practices serving more than 11,000 patients in Brighton could close after a provider organisation gave notice to terminate its contract following a review of the PMS contract funding.
GP practices in England are providing care for 1.1m more patients now than two years ago, GPonline analysis of official data reveals, with increases concentrated in London, Manchester and Birmingham.
CQC plans for an ‘exorbitant’ increase in fees that would cost GPs £40m a year, threaten the future of small GP practices and risk damaging patient care, the BMA has warned.
Prescriptions dispensed for Alzheimer’s drugs rose to 3m in 2014, a 20% increase over the year before and a 500% increase over the last decade, statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show.
U-SHAPE, an initiative run in conjunction with the RCGP, promotes family medicine and better family planning services in Uganda. Dr Clare Goodhart explains what the project involves and how GPs can volunteer this summer. from GP Online 2014 News RSS
GP practices across Leeds have become the first in the UK to give patients with chronic pain an app to encourage self care that aims to reduce pressure on primary care.
Dr Kaiser Munir explains why he’s running his first London Marathon for Action on Hearing Loss and discusses what GPs can do to support patients with hearing loss.
GP funding and contracts could be at risk from the development of new care models, GPC leaders have warned.
GMC chief executive Niall Dickson – who oversaw the launch and three-year implementation of medical revalidation – has announced he will step down from the post at the end of 2016.
Despite many years of research, there is no certainty regarding the cause of stuttering. Although numerous interventions have been developed, a broad-based systematic review across all forms of intervention for adults and children was needed including views and perceptions of
Crisis Concordat was established to improve outcomes for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The Crisis Concordat sets out four stages of the crisis care pathway: access to support before crisis point; urgent and emergency access to crisis care; quality
This research highlights the breadth of health inequalities between the richest and poorest in England. It finds that the richest fifth of people in England can expect to live at least 12 more years of life in full health than
A consortium of seven East Midlands acute trusts has been awarded £960,000 to support its work as a vanguard site developing a new model for radiology services. The East Midlands Radiology Consortium, hosted by Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, has jointly
Commissioners may consult on plans to reconfigure acute services in Halifax and Huddersfield that would see the larger town lose its emergency services. The preferred reconfiguration option for the troubled Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust is dependent on £490m of
NHS provider trusts will spend £4bn on bank and agency staff in 2015-16, national NHS leaders told MPs yesterday. NHS Improvement chief executive Jim Mackey and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens confirmed the record breaking forecast to the Commons public
An NHS England inquiry into the dramatic collapse of an £800m older people’s services contract will be published in the next 6-8 weeks, its chief executive has told MPs. Simon Stevens told the Commons public accounts committee yesterday: “[This inquiry]
An anaesthetist whose alleged errors form part of a landmark legal case against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust had previously made “straightforward and basic failings”, a court heard. The first corporate manslaughter prosecution of an NHS trust is continuing at
The British Medical Association has announced that it has suspended next week’s planned industrial action by junior doctors. The doctor’s union had been due to strike from 8am on Tuesday 26 January to 8am on Thursday 28 January over the
Junior doctors strikes planned for next week have been suspended, the BMA has announced.
GP practices can have their CQC rating upgraded if they submit new evidence within six months of their rating being published, the watchdog has revealed, as a practice initially rated ‘good’ was upgraded to ‘outstanding’.
Thousands of extra evening and weekend appointments have been made available in Manchester after a city-wide GP federation launched the biggest seven-day service in the country.
Preparing better for later life by saving more and working longer is particularly difficult for people in low-paid, low-skilled work. This research looks at how barriers to saving and working longer can be overcome and how policies could support low-income
This report focuses on the epidemiology of hepatitis C in the South East Public Health England Centre area, using, in the main, routinely available surveillance data. It provides recommendations for stakeholders on measures to prevent further infections and to reduce
Each chemical incident is unique and requires a site-specific assessment. The chemical recovery decision support tool (CRNT) works with current advice and guidance for the remediation of a chemical incident. It can assist staff in developing a recovery strategy. The
Alistair Burt on the Manchester Primary Care Partnership scheme making thousands of extra GP appointments available at evenings and weekends.
This series of case studies that illustrate the positive work councils are undertaking with their local partners to support people living with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) in their communities. It highlights the great opportunity, and challenge, for councils and councillors to use
This study has found that attitudes of the over 50s towards alcohol and ageing could be leaving them at increased risk of harm from alcohol. Over 16,700 people were surveyed and of these respondents over half, aged 65 and over,
Pay, terms and conditions for NHS staff on Agenda for Change contracts are determined by the government in the light of the recommendations from NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), which takes evidence from the four UK governments, trade unions and
This investigation into the quality and variation in hospital care for people with dementia has found that too many people with dementia are falling while in hospital, being discharged at night or being marooned in hospital despite their medical treatment
The role and independence of the NHS’s official patient champion organisation is being “downgraded”, an HSJ investigation has established. A series of government changes to Healthwatch England include making its chief executive report internally to the Care Quality Commission rather
Article that looks at what stress is, what increases your risk of experiencing it, and how you can manage it, so that it doesn’t affect your well-being and productivity.
Devil’s advocates tend to pop up just when a project is about to launch. The idea has been validated and vetted, and then the devil’s advocate threatens to derail the whole affair with a volley of last-minute questions that appear
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has today released toHSJ four evidence documents on safe nurse staffing levels. The move comes after two NICE non-executive directors decided it was in the public interest for the evidence reviews to
Considering the spiritual needs of an individual and those important to them can enhance communication and decision-making, both vital components to providing positive, quality end of life care. Starting the conversation about spiritual needs and being with a person in
NHS RightCare undertook analysis of two diabetes pathways, a typical pathway and an optimised best practice pathway. The Paul Adams “sliding doors” case study is a powerful story to show the differences in human and economic costs.
The Sustainability and Transformation Fund bears closer scrutiny and comes with a sting in the tail. The new NHS shared planning guidance covering the years to 2020/21 contains much that is new and indeed radical. Already one element that has drawn