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New Press Release - two opportunities for reducing the workload crisis in general practice

New press release just released on 9th December – we are now looking again at the bureaucratic burden on practices – a shortened survey is now available online for all practice managers. Please make your voice heard bureaucracy survey And we are now extending a free, simple audit reviewing potentially avoidable appointments to all practices, helping practice teams understand different ways of reducing workload. To take part go to audit application form.

 

Two opportunities for reducing the workload crisis in general practice

A year ago, ‘Making Time in General Practice’ sought to tackle the increasing workload in general practice.  We have now been commissioned by NHS England to follow up on our study in two ways.  We have been asked to revisit the current bureaucratic burden on practices – a shortened survey is now available online for all practice managers. Please make your voice heard by going to bureaucracy survey it should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and might save a lot more! And we are now extending a free, simple audit reviewing potentially avoidable appointments to all practices, helping practice teams understand different ways of reducing workload.  To take part, just complete a simple application form  And if you want to take part as a bigger group of practices across a federation or a CCG email us on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

A flexible framework for practices working together – learning from One Care Consortium

We have been supporting One Care as they build flexible support for 99 practices across Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire. They have built a positive model for working together and made all the resources publicly available to other GP networks or federations. If you want to find out more about their business plan and the process for engaging practices, go to One Care Consortium Website.

As part of this work, we ran four sessions for practices including an excellent video from Robert Varnam, Head of General Practice Development at NHS England, setting out how he sees the current challenges and opportunities for general practice. To view this video press here and for the slides from the workshop summarising progress on the local Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund, click here

 

'Making Time' made simple

A new web based version of our recent report ‘Making Time in General Practice’ is available on the NHS Alliance website – click here for a link. And for a brief introduction to the report listen to an interview by Natasha Kaplinsky from ITN with Rick stern click here

 

New opportunity to be part of extended audit of appointments in general practice

 

As part of the National Roadshows with the BMA and NHS England, there is an opportunity for all practices to take part in a new extended audit of appointments in general practice. If you think your practice might like to take part and you haven’t been able to get to one of the 11 Roadshows (more dates put on because of high demand for places including new events now planned for Birmingham, Brighton & Newcastle), click here to download our slide set from the Roadshow and make sure you are added to the list of practices who want to download a new easy to use App – free for the first 100 practices – email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
Latest Report: Making Time in General Practice

The Primary Care Foundation has launched its new report 'Making Time in General Practice'. It was commissioned by NHS England, developed in partnership with NHS Alliance and the Forward was supported by a wide range of leaders from organisations representing primary care, including BMA, RCGP and NHS Clinical Commissioners  (click here).

It presents research with practices highlighting the pressure they are currently under and the steps that should be taken nationally and locally to reduce the burden on general practice.

The joint press release is available here.

The full report can be downloaded here.

A full web based resource will be available very soon here via a link from this website, allowing you to explore all results, recommendations and good practice within the report.

 

Our response to Jeremy Hunt’s announcement on reducing workload in general practice

The Primary Care Foundation & NHS Alliance welcome the actions identified by the Secretary of State in today’s announcement, but caution that increased support and resource is needed to make these changes a reality on the ground.  Read the full statement here

 

A new benchmarking service – from out of hours to a broader urgent care benchmark

We are currently reviewing our benchmarking service, expanding our out of hours benchmark into a broader urgent care benchmark creating a broader set of indicators to give a more comprehensive picture to local commissioners and providers. Following a workshop with a wide range of stakeholders at the Kings Fund in May we will be looking to build the new benchmark soon.  If you would like to be part of an early phase in establishing the new urgent care benchmark, please contact Henry Clay on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or call on 07775 696360.  

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