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New page for GPs available on the Library website

liblogo2015We now have a section aimed directly at GPs on the library website, currently containing information about resources available, news and useful contact details. We always welcome feedback on content, layout and anything else – if you’d like something added, just let us know using the feedback page!

Click here for more information

Stressed GPs are promised national occupational health service

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The NHS plans to launch a new national occupational health service from next April to support general practitioners experiencing burnout and stress.

A national service specification based on successful local programmes will form part of a wider, major new drive from NHS England to improve the health and wellbeing of NHS staff. The scheme will include serving healthier food, offering health checks in the workplace, and promoting physical activity among staff.NHS_England

Website to watch

primarycare_protocolsFor staff working in primary care a website called PRIMARY CARE PROTOCOLS may be of interest.

It’s target audience includes practice managers, district nurse teams, clinic nurses, GPs – anyone involved in governance and setting protocols.

Extract from the site  

“Primary Care Protocols is a website which aids collaborative development of protocols to aid managers and clinicians working within the NHS. By using an innovative approach we are able to allow our users to collaborate in an online environment to work together to develop gold standard protocols.”

Some recent protocols include:

For more information please visit Primary Care Protocols

 

GPs list of reporting requirements from NHS England

Extract from PULSE

GP practices are being asked to report huge reams of data to NHS England so that their performance can be monitored and any ‘unwarranted variation’ can be investigated, it has emerged.

Practices are being asked to log onto an NHS England website to complete details on their surgery’s practice staff, suitability, premises and equipment, access to and availability of practice services, information about the practice and its procedures and its governance.

The ‘assurance management’ website, www.primarycare.nhs.uk, replaces the annual reports that were historically collected by PCTs, will allow for NHS England to spot any outliers and hold GPs to account in a ‘robust and fair’ way.

GP’s to have chief inspector

21 May – BBC Bews “A chief inspector of GPs is to be appointed as part of a push to improve services outside of hospitals, ministers are set to announce.” See BBC News for the full story

RCGP publishes social media ‘Highway Code’

New guidance has been published to help doctors and health professionals navigate the world of social media. The Royal College of GPs had produced the Social Media Highway Code, with advice to help and encourage health professionals to communicate effectively using social media.

The support is built around ten guidelines, which include recognising that the personal and the professional can’t always be separated, the need to engage with the public and show your human side, but maintain professional boundaries and respect the privacy of patients.

The guide was published in draft form last October, in collaboration with Doctors.net.uk and Lime Green Media. It has since been updated to include suggestions and information from a range of health expertise around the world.

Dr Ben Riley, lead-author of the Code and Curriculum Director for the RCGP said: “The interest and feedback we have received from healthcare professionals across the globe has been fantastic. There are many opportunities for GPs and other healthcare professionals to take the lead in developing how social media can be used to improve healthcare.

“At the same time healthcare professionals need to protect their patients and support each other with using these new ways of communicating. The Code has a practical focus and addresses a number of the challenging areas that GPs and other healthcare professionals have been asking about for some time.”

Doctors to work across 7 days a week

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8601 (Published 18 December 2012)


docsdiaryDoctors working in the NHS in England
will be required to work across seven days a week, under new plans tabled by the NHS Commissioning Board.

Hospital consultants and GPs face having their hours reorganised to give patients the same level of service at weekends as they receive during the week, to bring the health service in line with other sectors.

The proposals, included in the board’s first planning guidance for 2013-14,1 will initially focus on improving access to diagnostics and urgent and emergency care but could extend to surgery in the future. General practices will be expected to extend their opening hours to weekends as part of the drive.

Primary Care Commissioning: News, events and elearning opportunities

primary care commissionExtract from the website of Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) … “provides trusted, practical support to commissioners and providers of health and care services including training, development and expert advice.

Our events, elearning and information services enable better value for the NHS, better business processes, better informed healthcare strategies and better outcomes.

We are a community interest company, a form of not-for-profit social enterprise.”

Weekly review from the Healthcare Network

Stories this week on the network include:

Meanwhile, Denis Campbell reported for the Guardian on research by the King’s Fund, which reveals the stark social class divide in health is widening. It found better-off people are increasingly shunning damaging habits such as smoking and eating badly but poorer people are not. The story says:

The findings have cast doubt on the prospect of the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, fulfilling his pledge to “improve the health of the poorest fastest” in order to reduce glaring health inequalities.

Here’s some other headlines from around the web this week:

… of the chief executives of the 10 largest NHS acute trusts in England (measured by staff numbers collected by the NHS Information Centre) nine are men, four have knighthoods, but – based on some searching, and happily subject to correction – only one appears to be active on Twitter. The exception that proves the rule is Dr Mark Newbold, chief executive of Birmingham’s Heart of England foundation trust, who has more than 1,300 followers. He also blogs: a post on 10 reasons why his peers should join him on Twitter cites openness, accessibility, learning from others and engagement with communities. On Twitter itself, Dr Newbold often uses his account to answer questions and engage in debate.

Improving communication between GPs and palliative care patients

The ACA training programme to improve communication between general practitioners and their palliative care patients: development and applicability

Source: BMC Palliative Care June 2012

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Publication type: Web article

In a nutshell:  This article describes the development of a new training programme on GP-patient communication in palliative care, and the applicability to GPs and GP Trainees. This ‘ACA training programme’ focuses on Availability of the GP for the patient, Current issues that should be raised by the GP, and Anticipating various scenarios. Evaluation results indicate the ACA training programme to be applicable to GPs and GP Trainees. The ACA checklist was appreciated by GPs as useful both in practice and as a learning tool, whereas GP Trainees mainly appreciated the list for use in practice.

Length of publication: 16 pages

Early diagnosis of Dementia needed – GP survey results

Dementia diagnosis rates – GP survey

65 per cent of GPs say people with dementia don’t get diagnosed because they don’t visit their doctor
Published 3 May 2012

“Two thirds of GPs say many people with dementia are not being diagnosed because they are not making an appointment to see their doctor, an Alzheimer’s Society survey has revealed.

The survey of 382 GPs provides new insight into why diagnosis rates for dementia continue to be so low. Currently, just 43 per cent of people with the condition in the UK are diagnosed.” Extract from Alzheimer’s Society – click for full article

NEW Journal Watch

If you visit our Community page, you will see the latest newsfeed to be added, entitled Journal Watch, put together by Richard Leman.  Thirty years ago Richard became a general practitioner in Banbury.  “For the last ten years he has written down personal comments on the main general medical journals, first of all for his immediate colleagues, soon after for the Oxford University Department of Primary Care, and over subsequent years for an ever-growing readership throughout the world.”

Under the CEBM banner, Richard continues to regularly look at individual journals like The Lancet and BMJ, then summarises some of the most interesting articles. This should be of particular interest to GPs.

Extract from CEBM at http://www.cebm.net/index.aspx?o=2339

Resource Watch: Commissioning and Quality Improvement

A one stop shop for everything commissioning managers and teams might require can be found at www.QualityMK.nhs.uk

The latest information alerting readers to hot topics like GP consortia development, public health intelligence, outcomes based contracts and all relevant papers will shortly be included on our Health Management page.


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