The future is bright

2nd May 2017

The new chair of the RCGP – Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard – took time out of her busy schedule to discuss her aims and those of the RCGP with Marie Cahalane – exploring the hope which [read more]

All the ‘mod cons’

28th April 2017

It’s no secret…not all GP premises were created equal. Some are simply not fit for purpose, others are dilapidated and more are just not ready for the future of healthcare. MARIE CAHALANE explores the routes [read more]

Lessons learned from challenging the CQC

28th April 2017

The University of Bristol’s Student Health Service was shocked to find they had been given a ‘requires improvement’ grading after their CQC inspection last year. Director of service Dr DOMINIQUE THOMPSON refused to believe the [read more]

Technology on the brain

27th April 2017

From online shopping to downloading a podcast at the click of a button or instantly transferring money from one location to another, new technologies continue to offer ever faster solutions to improve our busy lives. [read more]

Achieving service excellence

26th April 2017

In December 2015 a four-practice alliance in Gosport became the first in Southern Hampshire to offer a ‘same day access service’ (SDAS) as part of the region’s Better Local Care vanguard. The service brings together [read more]

A matter of privacy

3rd March 2017

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

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

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

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

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]

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