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  • 22Nov

    Some GP surgeries are now offering group appointments

    Around 29 surgeries in Greater Manchester have been piloting the Weight Watchers-style sessions over the past six months. They are aimed at patients with long-term conditions such as asthma, chronic pain, COPD or diabetes, and see them take part in hour-and-a-half-long sessions with nurses, rather than a quick non-urgent 15-minute check up. Greater Manchester is the…

  • 30Aug

    Mental health therapists in GP practices could be the norm

    Health chiefs have drawn up new guidance to encourage doctors to place mental health therapists in practice surgeries – bringing more mental and physical health services under one roof. These new therapists will be integrated into primary care teams and focus on common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, particularly where this occurs in patients…

  • 16Aug

    GP Patient Survey 2018

    NHS England together with Ipsos MORI, have published the latest Official Statistics from the GP Patient Survey. The survey provides information on patients’ overall experience of primary care services and their overall experience of accessing these services. Data are weighted by age and gender so that results resemble the eligible registered list population of each practice…

  • 14Jun

    RCGP updates person-centred care toolkit

    The Person-Centred Care Toolkit has been developed with NHS England to support GPs and primary care teams deliver person-centred care. The RCGP Innovation team has updated the Person-Centred Care Toolkit. Updated content helps distinguish between Care and Support Planning and the wider subject of Person-Centred Care. It provides examples and resources around social prescribing, health literacy, health coaching and…

  • 17May

    RCGP calls on government to facilitate ‘social prescribing’ for all practices

    Every GP surgery should be funded to have access to a dedicated social prescriber in a bid to tackle crippling GP workload, and free up their time for those patients most in need of medical care, according to a report by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP). The report assesses NHS England’s Time for Care Programme –…

  • 19Apr

    Blog: Person-centred primary care

    Don Redding, Director of Policy, National Voices, explains why the new Shared View of Quality in General Practice framework is a significant step towards enabling person-centred approaches in primary care. A new framework document published by a little-known programme board may quietly represent a significant step forward for person-centred primary care. The ‘Shared View of Quality…

  • 22Mar

    Patient navigators facilitating access to primary care: a scoping review

    Patient navigators are a promising mechanism to link patients with primary care. While navigators have been used in population health promotion and prevention programmes, their impact on access to primary care is not clear. The aim of this scoping review was to examine the use of patient navigators to facilitate access to primary care and…

  • 4Jan

    3 before GP campaign

    Patients are being asked to adopt a new three-step ‘mantra’ to help relieve pressures on GP services this winter. The Royal College of GPs’ ‘3 before GP’ refers to three questions patients should ask themselves before booking an appointment with their GP: Can I? Self-care Use NHS Choices or similar reputable websites/resources Seek advice/treatment via a…

  • 22Mar

    Understanding patient experience through GP survey

    NIHR Dissemination Centre has published a new Highlight of NIHR research into the GP patient survey data. The English GP Patient Survey is the largest and most reliable source of information for practices about how patients view their experience. The Highlight discusses the insights that a linked set of research studies have given into the…

  • 3Feb

    Co-designing digital GP services in Scotland

    Over the past months, the ALLIANCE have been working with people and professionals on ‘Our GP’, a Scottish Government funded project that aims to ‘co-design’ future digital GP services. This has led to the creation of three innovative citizen-led ideas. The ALLIANCE are encouraging the public and professionals in Scotland to now get involved online.…

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