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NHS England Appoints The Network Group to New National Framework
We have recently become founder members of ‘The Network Group’, a collaboration of more than 30 small to medium sized agencies committed to supporting the NHS and healthcare organisations to deliver integrated care. It allows us to work at scale, bringing together the best possible range of skills and expertise to work alongside our understanding of primary and urgent care.
Following NHS England’s announcement of the establishment of a major new Framework, Stephen Dorrell, Chair of The Network Group (www.The-Network-Group.org) commented that he is delighted that the Network Group has been successful on all of the categories it bid for. He added “this is a significant step forward for The Network Group, an emerging and innovative organisation designed to support the NHS, local government and other health and care organisations deliver the next generation of integrated care models”. For more information go to the full press release.
New on-line registration for the potentially avoidable appointments audit
We have now completed a new, fully automated audit of potentially avoidable appointments, funded by NHS England. It is now easy for any practice to register online, it offers instant reporting on results and remains free to use for all practices in England. To register, CLICK HERE
Are there any simple lessons for practices looking to improve access?
Integrated Urgent Care – opportunity for support to your locality
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 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
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