• A short guide to practice business plans

    8 February 2018

    Many GP practices have a thriving business, but day to day pressures can prevent partners and practice managers taking a step back to ensure it stays healthy.

    In the current environment with growing demand and increasing financial, workload and workforce pressures, even those whose business are in good shape need a plan to keep them that way. Meanwhile those that are struggling, often through no fault of their own, need to take stock and work out what to do next.

    Our practice development lead Claire Deare, an experienced practice manager who manages PCC’s GP resilience programme, has developed a step by step guide to developing a business plan. It is based on three simple principles.

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  • The commissioner sustainability fund and financial control totals for 2018/19: guidance

    7 February 2018

    This guidance provides details of a targeted fund to support clinical commissioning groups that would otherwise be unable to live within their means for 2018/19.

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  • Care for people with severe mental illness in primary care: guidance for CCGs

    7 February 2018

    This guidance highlights the responsibilities of CCGs to commission services that deliver comprehensive physical health assessments and follow up care to people on the severe mental illness register in primary care, addressing the premature mortality experienced by people with SMI compared to the general population.

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  • Rebranded accountable care and clearer spending plans feature in revised planning guidance

    6 February 2018

    NHS England has rebranded the existing ACS areas “integrated care systems” (ICS) in planning guidance for 2018/19 published last week. The eight existing shadow ACSs and the devolved health systems in Manchester and Surrey will be known as ICSs in future. The document stresses the need for greater engagement with patients and the public. The guidance also clarifies how additional funding of £1.6bn in the chancellor’s autumn budget will be used, principally to ensure adequate emergency care and to address growing waits for elective care.

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  • Dental commissioning statistics, England, December 2017

    5 February 2018

    These statistics show the units of dental activity (UDAs) commissioned by the 14 NHS England local offices as at the end of December 2017, for the upcoming 12 months.

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