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Practice boundaries pilots in disarray as no PCT meets April deadline

May 9, 2012 — administrator

Exclusive: Not a single practice has begun offering commuters the chance to register near their work under the Government's much-trumpeted ‘patient choice' pilot scheme.

The Government has previously said the scheme to test the abolition of GP practice boundaries would begin ‘during April 2012', but some areas say they won't be ready until later in the year.

Face-to-face consultations by GPs ‘no longer sustainable’

May 9, 2012 — administrator

General practice is ‘no longer sustainable' in its current form, with a squeezed workforce, increasingly complex demands and a shifting financial landscape requiring GPs to radically alter way they work, a new report has claimed.

An analysis by the Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions says general practice will be increasingly stretched by an ageing workforce, a shortage of junior doctors being trained to replace them, rising life expectancy and increasingly complex long-term conditions.

Government blocks release of NHS reforms risk register

May 9, 2012 — administrator

Ministers have vetoed the release of the risk register outlining the possible threats of its controversial NHS reforms, saying its publication would undermine the ‘safe space' required to formulate policy.

The move comes after the Government recently lost an appeal against the Information Commissioner's ruling that the register should be published, but has angered Labour and other critics of the health act, who have insisted that the Government must lay bare the risks posed by its reform agenda.

Wave 1 applications for CCG authorisation announced

May 8, 2012 — administrator

The NHS Commissioning Board Authority has today confirmed the 35 aspiring clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) who have chosen to be assessed in the first wave of applications for authorisation.

These are:

GP-led musculoskeletal scheme cuts waits and boosts outcomes

May 8, 2012 — administrator

A GP-led musculoskeletal service has improved waiting times and outcomes and the model it uses should be widely adopted by GP commissioners, clinicians have said.

The Pennine MSK Partnership in Oldham, Greater Manchester, led by GPs and GPSIs, has halved the time to first appointment and improved symptom scores and treatment access.

Outcomes data were unveiled at the Rheumatology 2012 conference in Glasgow last week by rheumatology specialist nurse Jill Firth PhD, a member of the partnership.

TPP SystmOne Summary Care Record (SCR) Viewer achieves full CfH approval

May 2, 2012 — administrator

The new Summary Care Record (SCR) viewer functionality in SystmOne has been given official roll out approval by Connecting for Health (CfH).

The SCR viewer allows SystmOne users in any care setting (excluding Child Health and Prison organisations) to view vital information about a patient, including medication, allergies and sensitivities irrespective of what clinical system the patient’s GP is using (providing the patient
has consented to an SCR being viewed.)

CCGs forced to use private company SBS part-owned by Department of Health

April 13, 2012 — administrator

GP commissioners will have to accept NHS Shared Business Services as their provider of financial services, after the NHS Commissioning Board made it a condition of authorisation.

The move comes after the board signed a £15.8m deal with NHS SBS last month – a joint venture between the Department of Health and private firm Steria - for all CCGs in England to use the service. 

TPP SystmOne Enhanced Sharing Model

April 12, 2012 — administrator

We have now published information on TPP SystmOne's Enhanced Sharing Functionality. 

This is the new model in which every patient is asked whether they would like to share their clinical record in and out at each service currently caring for them.