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Invest in PCN leadership or risk undermining integrated primary care, NHS England told

Investing in PCN leadership will be the ‘difference between success and failure’ in integrating primary care, a major NHS England-commissioned review has warned. Far greater focus must be given to the development and support of clinical directors beyond the basic arrangements in the national contract, it said. Led by Dr Claire Fuller – chief executive […]

GP urgent care could be organised around single teams ‘in every neighbourhood’

GPs may soon see urgent same-day appointments being dealt with by ‘single, urgent care teams’ across larger populations following proposals put forward in a major NHS England-commissioned review. Dr Claire Fuller, who is the chief executive of an Integrated Care System (ICS) in Surrey and a GP herself, published her report today on integrating primary […]

White paper to plan how to attract GPs to deprived areas, Javid hints

An upcoming white paper on health disparities could set out a plan to attract GPs to work in deprived areas, the health secretary has suggested. Speaking at the Onward Social Fabric summit yesterday, Sajid Javid said that the Government will publish a health disparities white paper ‘shortly’. It will tackle issues that have been ‘neglected […]

Save lowest paid NHS staff from rising costs or risk exodus, Government warned

Health leaders have urged the Government to give the lowest paid full time NHS staff a greater pay rise than last year to help them cover rising costs. Failing to support staff during the worsening cost-of-living crisis could drive lower paid staff out of the workforce, worsening the current crisis, leaders from the NHS Confederation […]

Care coordinators top the bill as most increased ARRS hires

PCNs have hired more care coordinators via the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) over the last six months than any other role, new data has shown. New NHS Digital figures indicate that as many as 2,775 coordinators are working in PCNs in England as of March this year, up by more than 1,100 since September. […]

Monkeypox contacts should isolate and receive smallpox vaccine

The closest contacts of monkeypox cases should self-isolate for three weeks, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said. New UKHSA guidance published on Friday said that those at the highest risk from monkeypox should be subject to ‘self-isolation for 21 days, including exclusion from work’ and no travel. They should be actively monitored with […]

NHS has begun work on national vaccination service

A ‘long-term NHS vaccination service’ is now under development, NHS England documents have revealed. In January, the health secretary told MPs that a ‘national vaccination service’ is needed to ensure GPs are not asked to stop routine care again, as they did during the Covid vaccination programme. Controversially, he also suggested the service could cover […]

Pharmacists can substitute out-of-stock HRT products without consulting GP

Pharmacists can now substitute hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products for alternatives if the original prescription is out of stock, as part of a host of new rules aimed at tackling the shortage. The new measures allow community pharmacists to supply specified alternatives to the prescribed products without needing to seek authorisation from the patient’s GP […]

GP named as NHS England’s next primary care director

NHS England has named a GP as its next national director for primary care and community services. Dr Amanda Doyle will replace Ian Dodge, who has been in the post for nearly eight years, taking up her new post in June. In an email announcing her appointment to NHS England staff this afternoon, NHS England […]

Government review could see NHS England, CQC and UKHSA ‘abolished’

A Government review of arm’s length bodies (ALBs), including the NHS England, CQC and UKHSA could see ‘powers returned to accountable ministers’. The evaluation will look at the efficacy and efficiency of all public bodies and whether they should be ‘abolished or retained’ or should carry on delivering all of their functions. NHS Improvement, NHS […]