Salaried GPs are to share in a 2.8% pay award for some doctors in England – but other practice staff are unlikely to, it has been revealed. A government announcement claiming that doctors and health staff are to share in a 2.8% pay award for the efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic caused confusion this week.
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant it’s more important than ever to stay in touch with your patients. Regular communication keeps them informed of new practice processes and how these are supporting their health and well-being. But with many communication methods to choose from, how do you know which one will work best? What types of
The number of GP trainees is set to increase by 15% this year, it was announced today. So far the number applying for training in general practice is more than 500 larger than the same time last year, Health Education England said. The agency has set a target to recruit 3,500 trainees this year to
NHS COVID-19 testing is now to be integrated with GP systems, allowing practices and patients to see results in “near real time”, it has been announced. The data can reach 95% of practices, NHS Digital said – and the remainder would begin receiving it soon. Its success depends on being able to identify the patient’s
It would seem that we in the UK are in the midst of a paradigm shift when it comes to delivering primary care appointments. COVID-19 has demanded that technology plays a full part in the tackling of our patients’ diseases and ailments, and the traditional 10-minute face-to-face (F2F) consultation between clinician and patient at the
This year’s flu vaccination season looks set to be the most important one in recent memory – and probably the most complex practice managers will have experienced. With the threat of a catastrophic second wave of Covid-19 infections hanging over the health service, ensuring as many people as possible receive the required vaccination is critical.
Primary care networks need greater flexibility and freedom so they can work to best deliver their own local community needs, according to a study of their effectiveness. The NHS Confederation’s PCN Network has reviewed the first year of primary care networks and looked ahead to the next 12 months and says while PCNs have been