• Trust chief unapologetic about going on the GP acquisition trail

    4 July 2018

    “Ask for forgiveness rather than permission,” is the advice of an acute trust chief executive who has blazed a trail in acquiring GP practices with a combined list size of some 140,000.

    David Loughton, chief executive of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, says the idea of vertical integration in his patch began with the securing of local community health services in 2011 and approaches from small GP practices.

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  • 'Think like a company' - Federation leader who got London GPS back in business

    4 July 2018

    Necessity has proved a very fruitful mother of invention for GPs in a particularly diverse area of inner London.

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  • STP won’t become ICS without primary care

    4 July 2018

    Simon Stevens has made it clear that there is “no plan B” if the NHS does not embrace integrated care systems (ICS). With the first ICS areas already announced, one of their major challenges is to understand and engage fully with primary care.

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  • What does the latest planning guidance mean for primary care?

    8 February 2018

    NHS England and NHS Improvement published new operational planning guidance last week. It comes with a few nuggets of news and a predictable focus on headline grabbing issues around A&E and hospital finances, but what does it mean for primary care? Read PCC’s analysis.

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  • Planning guidance: refreshingly familiar

    8 February 2018

    There were a few headlines to extract from this month’s “refreshed” planning guidance for the NHS but few real surprises. The document underlines the messages from the last major guidance document, Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View, but it also makes a few important concessions to recent “crises” – the serious and ongoing business of winter pressures and the less serious but still vexing matter of product names for NHS initiatives.

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