This blog covers the latest UK health care news, publications, policy announcements, events and information focused on the NHS, as well as the latest media stories and local news coverage of the NHS Trusts in Northamptonshire.
Professor Maureen Baker, Chair of the RCGP, said: “At a time when patients in some areas of the country are having to wait for nearly a month to see their GP - due to rocketing demand and not enough GPs to keep pace – this report is a dose of common sense.
“The guidance shows there are many minor ailments and conditions that can be treated quickly and effectively without needing to see a GP, meaning that family doctors can dedicate their valuable time to those patients who really need our expert skills.
“As well as demonstrating to patients why going to the GP isn’t always the best course of action, it should also reduce the pressure on GPs to prescribe medications such as antibiotics which might not be needed.
“Overdiagnosis and overtreatment is harmful to patients. In 2013, the RCGP set up an Overdiagnosis group of GPs and patient group representatives to challenge problems facing general practice - such as random screening of the population for very specific diseases - and it now has over 150 active members.
“Today’s report reinforces the importance of this work and we hope it will be a major step forward in easing the pressures on GP time so that NHS resources are always directed where they can deliver the most benefit for our patients.”
Values based recruitment and retention is about finding and keeping people who have the right values, behaviours and attitudes to work in social care and know what it means to provide high quality care.This toolkit has guidance, suggestions and practical resources to help with recruiting people with the right values, behaviours and attitudes.
This research highlights risks to the future nursing supply in England as it finds that half of nurses are aged 45 or over and are within ten years of being eligible for early retirement. In comparison, a decade ago just a third of the nursing workforce was aged 45 or over. The report calls on the government to scrap the pay cap for NHS staff to help to alleviate the retention crisis.
This paper outlines plans to modernise community pharmacies, which will ensure a better quality service for patients and relieve pressure in other parts of the NHS. The changes include a reward system for high quality service and a pharmacy access scheme for isolated areas with higher health needs. The accompanying documentation explains the package of reforms, including changes to the community pharmacy contractual framework.
Chief executive of the King’s Fund believes STP process is helping deliver the Five Year Forward View
Two years after NHS England unveiled the Five Year Forward View (pdf) – its blueprint for community-based, integrated healthcare able to cope with the pressures of a growing and ageing population – the central bodies are still not doing enough to make it happen.
The King’s Fund is about to publish analysis of progress in reforming the way the NHS works to allow the new care models outlined in the Forward View to flourish. Speaking to the Guardian’s Healthcare Professionals Network, chief executive Chris Ham identified four ways in which the system is hampering local reforms – a shortage of cash to kickstart change, too little progress on a payment system which encourages collaboration, the need to sort out the debacle of the contracting rules which emerged from the Lansley reforms, and rushing change.