Support for general practice resilience

3 August 2017

The GP resilience programme recognises that many practices are already struggling to cope with existing workload and that others are looking for long-term solutions in the face of uncertainties about the supply of GPs, funding, running costs, premises and related issues. PCC is working with practices at all points on the spectrum from the most vulnerable to those interested in building resilience through collaboration, including with other organisations, to provide the necessary infrastructure and scale to support effective sharing of resources, workforce development and expansion of services both to serve the care needs of local populations and to secure the future resources practices need for long-term sustainability and growth. To find out how we are working with practices and primary care commissioners to stabilise vulnerable practices and support GP resilience, please email enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk with “GP resilience” in the subject line.

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Vaccination target met for the first time

21 September 2017

The proportion of eligible children receiving their first dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR1) by their fifth birthday has met the World Health Organisation target of 95% for the first time in England.

Figures from NHS Digital show that the proportion of children receiving the MMR1 vaccine by age five has increased year on year since 2006/07. The target was just missed in 2015/16 when coverage reached 94.8%.

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NICE to begin review of its guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of CFS/ME

21 September 2017

NICE is to begin a review of its 2010 guideline on the diagnosis and management of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) following a recent public consultation with patient and professional groups.

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The future of the mental health workforce

21 September 2017

A report from the Centre for Mental Health calls for reform to develop a mental health workforce able to meet people's needs in the future. The report describes a crisis in commissioning of mental health services with a diminishing workforce, growing expectations and increasing demand putting pressure on staff across the country. It recommends that all GPs should have significant and wide-ranging mental health training, and that mental health professionals should be given the time and training to consult with GPs and other public service staff to help them to respond to more people’s mental health needs.

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NHS payments to general practice, England 2016/17

21 September 2017

NHS Digital has published details of NHS payments to individual providers of general practice services in England. Figures are given for the main payment categories which include “global sum” the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG), balance of PMS expenditure, quality and outcomes framework (QOF) and enhanced services.

The data used for this report covers the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and includes providers of general practice services that received payments through the NHS Digital GP payments system (NHAIS) and NHS England's integrated single finance environment (ISFE) which captured all CCG and regional local team payments made directly to practices.

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Promises to give people control of their care are being broken

21 September 2017

New research concludes that, despite two decades of policy promises, NHS services still do not give people adequate control of their own health and care, and there is no reporting of whether people’s care is coordinated across health and social care.

The study, conducted by National Voices, a coalition of over 160 health and care charities, looked at key dimensions of “person-centred care” as reported by patients and service users themselves.

It found that just 3% of people with one or more long-term conditions reported having a written plan for their care and support.

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