• Destination GP: medical students’ experiences and perceptions of general practice

    5 December 2017

    The Destination GP project aimed to build the evidence base on medical students' perceptions of general practice. A report from the Royal College of General Practice sets out a series of recommendations to tackle the spread of misconceptions and negativity surrounding general practice.

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  • Is austerity all bad?

    5 December 2017

    NHS trusts are forecast to end the financial year £623m in the red. Meanwhile CCGs are expected to show a collective deficit of £500m. This is obviously bad news, but both providers and commissioners have also made unprecedented efficiency gains during the financial squeeze. Is it fair to conclude that austerity may be having a positive effect on the NHS, even if it doesn't feel that way? Vote on the NHS Networks poll at www.networks.nhs.uk

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  • Contracting for new care models

    5 December 2017

    Creative use of the contracting process is a critical factor in making new models of care happen. Without bold, robust contracting the theoretical benefits of more efficient, better integrated and higher quality care systems will not be realised.

    Building on the success of previous innovative contracting events, PCC will share current good practice with commissioners and providers. The event, delivered by lawyers from Hill Dickinson with extensive experience of working with areas implementing MCP/ACO contracts, uses case studies to allow delegates to explore how learning from other parts of the country can be reapplied to their local aspirations. It also provides a clear update on the latest NHS England policy position on contracting arrangements for accountable care systems.

    This event on 8 February in Birmingham and on 8 March in London and is relevant for organisations and staff involved in commissioning and contracting for new models of care and local solutions.

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  • Implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the health care sector

    5 December 2017

    It is less than six months until new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force with far-reaching implications for any organisation storing and processing personal information. For general practice this means not just contact information such as names and email addresses, but data about patients and their treatment, which is subject to a higher standard of protection than other personal data. Experts agree that while the changes are evolutionary and build on current data protection legislation, they add rigour to existing rules and several new stipulations that require organisations to begin planning now. PCC and lawyers Hill-Dickinson have teamed up to run a seminar to clarify the new requirements. The event will run on 16 January 2018 in London and 18 January 2018 in Manchester.

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  • 1.4 million people referred to NHS mental health therapy this year

    4 December 2017

    Over one million referrals to NHS talking therapies for depression and anxiety were made last year according to official data.

    Of the 1.4 million new referrals for talking therapies as part of NHS England’s Increasing Access to Talking Therapies (formerly IAPT) programme, 965,000 people began treatment, a 32,000 rise on patient numbers from the year before.

    As well as increasing numbers of people getting treatment, performance statistics for 2016/17 show that waiting times are decreasing and recovery rates improving. The number of people recovering from their condition has increased on the previous 12 months, with over 50% of patients making a recovery in every month of this year.

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