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GP practices across the country to become ‘veteran friendly’

GPs are signing up to become ‘veteran friendly’ under a new national scheme to improve medical care and treatment for former members of the armed services that has been backed by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs. Practices can qualify for veteran friendly status by offering extra support for ex-military personnel who may […]

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Top GP will help spread innovations to join up NHS health and social care

A specialist GP has been appointed to help spread NHS innovations which integrate health and social care throughout England. Dr Karen Kirkham, who runs a practice in Dorset and specialises in women’s health, will work with the wider GP community to spread tried and tested innovation and transformation techniques across the country. Dr Kirkham has […]

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NHS England announces new £10 million fund to help retain GPs

NHS England is today announcing a new £10 million fund to support and retain GPs. Some £7 million will be made available through regional-based schemes to help GPs to stay in the workforce, by promoting new ways of working and by offering additional support through a new Local GP Retention Fund. A further £3 million […]

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New local health and care partnerships could save lives

Doctors and nurses will be able to reduce unnecessary patient tests and improve safety through better working between hospitals and GPs and social care. New partnerships will be introduced giving health and care staff better and faster access to vital information about the person in their care, so they can determine the right action as […]

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Patients get the green light for smarter choices after latest GP pilot

New trial results from the Behavioural Insights Team show improved service access. A pilot system is now making it easier for GPs to understand the waiting times at hospitals for their patients. The e-traffic light system could help reduce hospital waiting times while offering patients a clearer choice of treatment and is set to be […]

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Dramatic annual surge in online GP services as patients sign up for convenience

Updated 13 April: This post has been amended following a typo in one of the quotes. Nearly 14 million patients across England are now securely using online services with their family doctor to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view their records – saving time for themselves and busy GP practices. Latest figures show an increase […]

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NHS England today announces agreement on 2018/19 GP Contract

A new GP contract, agreed by NHS England, the Government and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee, will take effect from 01 April 2018. It will see an investment of £256.3 million going into the contract for 2018/19, a 3.4% increase overall. This includes £60 million to be paid to GP practices to help […]

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More clinical pharmacists set to boost GP services for patients and practices

Nearly 34 million patients will benefit from improved GP services as NHS England boosts the number of surgery-based clinical pharmacists that can offer expert medication and treatment. The NHS England scheme has proved popular with both patients and GP practices and today’s announcement approves funding for over 160 more pharmacists. Including previously approved posts, it, […]

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