PCNs to deliver Extended Access from April 2022

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In January 2021, NHS England and NHS Improvement deferred the introduction of new PCN service requirements until at least October 2021 - recognising the significant challenges experienced by these teams in the last 18 months. Last month, NHS England further updated PCNs on the revised plans through to 2023, setting out gradual measures to ...

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Improving efficiency and team happiness at Homewell Practice

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Homewell Practice are a Havant-based GP practice. Their aims are to prevent ill health, improve the wellbeing of patients, work with local commissioning groups and other integrated health teams to provide services that improve local health outcomes and reduce admissions to secondary care.   The challenge Historically, rota management at ...

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How will the NHS plan its future workforce?

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Even before COVID-19 hit, the NHS was experiencing a staffing crisis and the pandemic has only emphasised this and highlighted what a huge strain our NHS staff work under.  It was reported earlier this year that there is a shortage of 84,000 staff with 38,000 of these vacancies being for nurses and 2500 for GPs.  It shouldn’t really come as a ...

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How to overcome over and understaffing

Staffing can be a challenge at the best of times. Striking the right balance of staff in a healthcare setting is imperative in meeting the needs of patients - overstaffing becomes expensive, an inefficient use of resources and understaffing can lead to poor patient care and disgruntled staff. We know it’s not easy.   The last 18 months have ...

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Managing annual leave – the dos and don’ts.

With the ongoing pandemic and travel off the cards for the last 12 months, there are flickers of hope that we might be able to get away in the UK at least over the summer.  Managers may be bracing themselves for a deluge of requests for time off in the coming weeks and requests to carry over unused annual leave.  Are you confident you can ...

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10 reasons why you need rota software

It is difficult to quantify the huge strain the healthcare sector has felt this year from a staffing point of view – staff shortages; higher demand; high staff sickness rates and social-distancing regulations and there are concerns around how staff on the frontline will cope after the pandemic has passed – we will have an over-worked and stressed ...

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Gamechanger - How has the COVID-19 vaccine been developed and rolled out so quickly?

Under normal circumstances, making a vaccine can take between 10 and 15 years due to the complexity of vaccine development.  However, as the global pandemic took hold in the Spring 2020, time was a luxury the world could not afford.  This “landing on the moon moment,” (*Dr. Yager) has ushered in a new era of vaccine research and within 11 months ...

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Can flexible working solve the staffing crisis in the NHS?

There has been a lot of talk about digital transformation in the NHS in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and what huge strides have been made in a short space of time.   We have also seen a huge shift taking place in working patterns across a whole range of sectors. The NHS however, still seems to have an underdeveloped and inconsistent ...

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Delivering better patient care through data

The power of data One of the biggest challenges facing the NHS is data.  The NHS has lots of it but has historically not been great at using it.  Yet it is a challenge that must be overcome as data is critical to the healthcare system in providing safer and more effective care; overcoming operational issues; understanding disease and improving ...

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That political hot potato rears its head again – trade talks and the NHS

Whilst we don’t want to start a political debate, we couldn’t help but notice a bit of a Twitter furore around last month’s vote in parliament – new clause 17 – an amendment to the post-Brexit trade deal. The clause was intended to protect the NHS from any form of control from outside the UK, but was voted down by MPs, leading to some saying it ...

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The new normal – how doing business has changed

  As many people yearn for post-lockdown life and getting back to ‘normal’, being able to turn their backs on the fear and anxiety caused by the pandemic, we are left contemplating what the new normal will look like. There are many positives to take from the last few months that will change the way we work for the better going forward. Think of ...

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Supporting General Practice through the COVID-19 crisis

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, general practice has been forced to change its daily routines and adjust to a new reality, with surgeries moving fast to online triage and consultations in a very short space of time. Leaders have had to make plans to ensure their staff are ready to play their part in the COVID-19 response. GPs ...

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