• Updated patient decision aids for CCGs

    16 June 2017

    NHS RightCare and the patient centred care team have published updated versions of 28 patient decision aids that have been developed for CCGs to share with clinicians. The aids are designed to support patients and clinicians to have informed conversations about treatment for their condition. They are available on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Evidence Search website. CCGs can discuss these with their NHS RightCare delivery partner. Please email any questions to rightcare@nhs.net

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  • Developing sustainable primary care

    8 May 2017

    With general practice continuing to be under pressure to work together to develop resilience and share skills, the latest edition of Commissioning Excellence, looks at how practices in Cheshire are taking their own steps to develop local partnerships and work with a wider team to enhance patient care. Other articles include how practices can retain local autonomy and independence while being part of a super-practice with a population of 280,000 registered patients; and how using clinical pharmacists has become an effective skill mix for a Worcestershire practice.

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  • GP feds trailblazer urges colleagues to get their heads down and deliver change

    8 May 2017

    GPs need to stop behaving like meerkats and start thinking about how they and their local partners can deliver primary care at scale and new models of care, according to Mike Smith, a federation trailblazer and board member of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC).

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  • Hampshire practice integrates to grow with its community

    8 May 2017

    Like many communities that grew rapidly in the late sixties and early seventies, Yateley in North East Hampshire faces a demographic challenge beyond even that confronting the rest of the nation.

    Many of the young parents who arrived with their families back then are now either over 75 or soon will be. The Oaklands Practice and Hartley Corner Surgery have developed an innovative new model of care for these early residents and their families.

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  • Super-partnership seeks to think big while acting local

    8 May 2017

    For organisations looking to grow, delivering services at scale while retaining local autonomy and a distinctive feel has always been a challenge.

    Dr Mark Newbold says Birmingham-based super-partnership Our Health Partnership (OHP) is managing to achieve just that. It is providing primary care at scale – its combined patient list of 280,000 makes it bigger than many clinical commissioning groups – while maintaining the independence of its 35 practices.

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