A matter of privacy

3rd March 2017 Tim Martin

The option of private healthcare for primary care patients is receiving increased publicity. For example, NHS Mid Essex CCG recently wrote to local practices asking GPs to encourage patients to seek private referrals and apps [read more]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

3rd March 2017 Tim Martin

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition principally of the winter months because the symptoms become more noticeable between November and February. Sufferers, about 80% of whom are women aged between 15 and 55, often feel [read more]

A poor track record

28th February 2017 Tim Martin

In September 2015 Capita was awarded an NHS England contract to deliver administrative support services to GP practices. The appointment hasn’t been an easy ride; there have been numerous bumps along the way – from [read more]

The surgery social network

17th February 2017 Tim Martin

Sarah Longland, practice manager at Swadlincote Surgery in Derby, has recently created a social media group for practice managers, ‘to provide a wide-reaching support network where members can speak freely about their role and develop [read more]

A mother knows best

10th February 2017 Tim Martin

Judy Shakespeare is the RCGP perinatal mental health clinical champion. She speaks to Tim Martin about the complex risks associated with perinatal mental health issues and what practice managers can do to ensure mothers are [read more]

Raising awareness

2nd February 2017 Tim Martin

A new campaign to engage GPs in HIV testing was launched in September last year – the aim: to improve and expand sexual health and HIV care in general practice. Marie Cahalane speaks to Dr [read more]

Child’s play

16th December 2016 Tim Martin

It’s hoped that collaborative healthcare projects involving multi-disciplinary teams will create higher standards of care for patients. Tim Martin speaks to key figures in Connecting Care for Children – a GP and paediatrician integrated service [read more]

Service for a fee

9th December 2016 Tim Martin

The Department of Health intends to charge overseas visitors and migrants for GP services by the middle of this Parliament (2017/18). What potential impact will this development have on public health and will monies raised [read more]

Patient care is on the line

11th November 2016 Tim Martin

As GPs continue to face immense pressure due to patient demand, digital and telephone interaction is re-shaping how they’re able to connect with those in need of a consultation. Hayley Zimak looks at the impact [read more]

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