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NHS ramps up drive to increase uptake of lifesaving vaccines

More lifesaving vaccines should be provided in convenient locations for parents to drive uptake, a new NHS review says today. The findings are being published amid a reduction in children getting vaccinated, with analysis showing that one in seven children aged five had not had both doses of essential measles jabs. Health leaders will also […]

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Dr Nikki Kanani appointed as England’s top family doctor

GP Dr Nikki Kanani is now the country’s top family doctor after being appointed Medical Director for Primary Care for the NHS in England. Dr Kanani said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Medical Director for Primary Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement. This is one of the most central roles in […]

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Regular GP review improves patient care

A survey of thousands of GPs reveals nine in 10 family doctors say their annual work appraisal – a regular review of each GP’s performance, carried out by a senior doctor – has helped them to improve patients’ care as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Feedback from more than 13,000 GPs published today […]

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NHS survey says nine out of 10 patients have ‘confidence and trust’ in their GP

Nine out of 10 patients have “confidence and trust” in their family doctor as well as other general practice staff such as nurses and pharmacists, according to new research published today. Patients rate their overall experience of their family doctor highly, with four out of five saying their GP treats them with “care and concern” […]

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NHS rolls out staff retention scheme as part of the Long Term Plan

A scheme that has helped keep more than 1,000 nurses, midwives and other clinicians in the NHS will be rolled out to cover staff working in general practice as well as hospitals, the NHS announced today. A ‘transfer window’ lets staff move within the NHS between areas while developing new skills. Rewards from local businesses […]

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New ways of working to free up doctors as part of the NHS Long Term Plan

Patients are set to get longer appointments with their family doctor thanks to new ways of working which start today. Practices large and small will work to support each other and deliver a wider range of specialist care services for patients from a range of skilled health professionals. Around 7,000 practices across England – more […]

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NHS saves Cornwall surgery

The story of a Cornish fishing town’s hunt for a new family doctor has a happy ending after health chiefs stepped in. Locals in the picturesque port of Mevagissey faced losing their GP surgery after GP Dr Kathy James handed in her notice. Their hunt for a replacement, which had the social media hashtag #willyoubemygp […]

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Thousands more GP staff recruited across England

NHS England has recruited 300 more family doctors and thousands more nurses, pharmacists and other staff to work alongside GPs delivering better care in the community. There are now 7,302 more full time equivalent (FTE) health professionals working in primary care than three years ago, NHS Digital figures released today show. That exceeds NHS England’s […]

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National Heroes Service: GPs told ‘our veterans need you’

NHS chiefs have urged family doctors to enlist in a scheme improving care for thousands of armed forces veterans and their families. GPs and their teams have been sent a comprehensive package of resources covering how to identify veterans and make sure their service is recognised by hospitals and other services, as well as how […]

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GP scheme frees up half a million hours for patients

Successful NHS England programme extended for three more years. An NHS programme has seen GP practices free up more than half a million hours of time for patients in the last year. The Time for Care programme sees surgeries across the country adopt new ways of working like letting patients book appointments sooner, cutting paperwork […]

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