As any new practice manager will soon discover, life is ruled by passwords. And obtaining a whole load of passwords to start working in a surgery can take a considerable amount of time. It’s not a five-minute job. Another problem is working remotely – say, from home – as many of the sites you might
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The challenges the NHS faces have been well documented – and are not something you need reminding of in this article. Faced with these problems, and working within the many constraints the service works within, it seems that the Health Secretary Matt Hancock is determined to use technology to transform services – whether those working
(Time to read: 4 minutes) By Ben Gowland Some things feel like they’ve been around forever. I don’t remember a time when there was no TV, but my parents assure me people used to spend evenings doing things other than sitting on the sofa and flicking through channels. Hard to imagine. But then I remember
(Time to read: 4 minutes) By Nicola Davies I’m writing this piece in a moment of solitude and reflection. No, I haven’t gone mad before you ask. I’m just taking a breather because honestly, it feels like the whole world is against me at the moment. Probably a tad over-dramatic but you know me by
In Wales we pretty much have the same problems as the rest of you. We have GP shortages. We have ANP shortages. We have complaints about appointments and the lack of. We have limited resources. We have pressures about what we prescribe. We are told off about A&E attendance levels. We have staff sickness. We have hundreds of people with the flu. We have targets. We have QOF.
Getting GPs to use the phone to screen patients who want appointments does not save money and can increase workload, researchers say today. The idea of “telephone first” has been promoted by some commercial companies. A study, reported in The BMJ, has found that it increased doctor workload – although it significantly reduced the number
Dr Neil Paul, a GP in Sandbach and well-known commentator on primary care IT, says technology can help general practice to meet the pressures on it. However, he says this will take scale, funds and skills. General practice is facing two major challenges; demand and recruitment. Lots of people talk about the ageing population, and