A report from the steering group overseeing NHS workforce training considers the recommendations in the independent Shape of Training review. One of these is the need for more generalists able to care for patients with co-morbidities and provide continuity of care. There should also be more doctors working at the interface of primary and secondary care, the report says.
The National Institute for Health Research is appealing for general practices to join the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, a national organisation dedicated to improving public health. Practices are invited to contribute anonymised patient data used to develop guidance on clinical and drug safety. Benefits to practices include extra income and access to prescribing and patient safety reports among other resources. CPRD is a not-for-profit, government research service that has worked with GP practices for 30 years. For information on joining contact email@example.com or visit the CPRD website.
Following the announcement by Jeremy Hunt of more investment in mental health including thousands of extra staff, Health Education England (HEE) has published a workforce plan. Called Stepping Forward to 2020/21: Mental Health Workforce Plan for England, the documents stresses the importance of older people’s mental health. HEE promises to make planning guidance and support available soon.
A private provider is suing the NHS for compensation for patients who suffered at the hands of rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson, according to a story in the HSJ. The surgeon had been excluded from the trust for several years, but the private firm argues that it failed in its duty to disclose concerns about Paterson. Should the NHS be liable? Vote on the NHS Networks poll at www.networks.nhs.uk
The recently released Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View encourages practices to work collaboratively in hubs or networks, allowing them to share services such as community nursing, mental health, and clinical pharmacist teams; expand diagnostic facilities, and pool responsibility for urgent care and extended access. Practices are already exploring various routes including federations, “super-partnerships”, primary care homes, and multispecialty community providers. PCC has been supporting GP practices to better understand the benefits of working collaboratively for more than five years, working with groups of practices, considering local needs, their aims and vision for the future, helping them to consider the opportunities for working collaboratively and the different models available. PCC also provides capacity to support mergers or to help set up federations and new care models. Our experts can provide advice or support to any stage of the development process, from first meetings through to delivery of services, including governance structures, business planning, facilitation and board development. To discuss your needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “collaborative working” in the subject line.