Recent planning guidance from NHS England sends a clear signal to general practices that if they don’t start working together of their own accord solutions may be imposed from above. A briefing from PCC reminds practices that regardless of national policy, there are compelling reasons for greater collaboration now. Great scale will also increase the opportunities for general practice to influence the development of integrated care systems – the same systems that may ultimately shape their own futures.
The recently published planning guidance gives sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) a prominent role in planning and managing system wide efforts to improve care. STPs are expected to evolve to become integrated care systems (ICS). The guidance also refers to STPs‘ roles as brokers of primary care networks and creators of system wide resilience.
NHS Digital has published experimental statistics on patients that have had a procedure for urogynaecological prolapse or stress urinary incontinence including those where mesh, tape or their equivalents have been used.
Hundreds more overseas doctors are applying to work in the UK each year, according to figures released by the General Medical Council (GMC).
The regulator assesses the skills of non-EU doctors who want to join the UK medical register, and is adapting to deal with an increased demand in the numbers applying to take the practical exam they must pass before they can work here.
Demand for the multiple choice and practical Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) exams means that the GMC is now adding additional test dates at weekends.
This paper lays out seven key areas for the sustainable delivery of domiciliary care services. It describes the importance of transparency and good working relationships between commissioners and providers as being critical in this area.