• Clinical pharmacists improve workload, safety and patient satisfaction at four GP surgeries

    9 February 2018

    Four practices taking part in the clinical pharmacists in general practice programme have seen significant savings in GP time. They have also reported high levels of patient satisfaction and improvements to safety.

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  • Ignore GDPR at your peril

    9 February 2018

    It’s tempting to see the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as more legislation that can be safely ignored. After the GDPR takes effect, and all the lawyers, consultants and event organisers have made their money, it will be business as usual, right?

    Unfortunately the answer is no. For healthcare organisations, doing nothing before the 25 May deadline is risky bordering on reckless.

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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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  • A simple guide to business planning

    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 has developed a step by step guide to writing a business plan.

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