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CCGs given £150m to support general practice during Covid-19 vaccination programme

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be given £150m to support GP practices with managing routine demand, as the sector also prepares to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination programme, NHS England has said. The General Practice Covid Capacity Expansion Fund, established yesterday (9 November), will see the financial boost ‘immediately’ allocated through integrated care systems (ICSs) to CCGs, which […]

General practice to administer Covid vaccine in care homes, DES reveals

Groups of GP practices will have to administer the Covid vaccine to care home residents and staff, as well as to housebound patients through home visits, the new DES reveals. The directed enhanced service – revealed this evening – also makes clear that patients will need to be kept under clinical supervision for 15 minutes after receiving […]

New guidance on care home visits ‘completely misses the point’, says charity

A charity has criticised the Government’s latest guidance on safe visits to care homes during the second lockdown, saying it will not be appropriate for people with dementia. The guidance, published yesterday (4 November), said all care home residents should be allowed to have visitors over the lockdown period but advised providers to use measures […]

CCGs told to improve care and support planning for continuing healthcare cases after review finds ‘significant failings’

A review of continuing healthcare cases has called for CCGs to ensure staff have the skills and resources to carry out high quality care planning, after it found ‘significant failings’ in this area. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) analysed 60 closed complaint cases in a bid to share its learnings with CCGs and […]

Dame Clare Gerada: ‘Healthcare staff need psychological PPE as well’

More than half (55%) of doctors currently suffer from mental health problems such as depression, stress, burnout and emotional distress due to their work, a recent BMA survey found, with many reporting a deterioration in their health since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Healthcare bodies have called for the Government and NHS to increase access to specialist support […]

How technology can help primary care emerge stronger from a second wave of Covid-19

Dr Mark Davies, chief medical officer for IBM and Watson Health EMEA, discusses how primary care can use technology to help recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. As the UK enters a second period of lockdown, there is widespread public concern over the impact on the NHS. While great progress was made in the summer, there […]

Covid vaccine DES set to be announced imminently for December start

A new DES is set to be announced imminently for practices and PCNs to start administering a Covid vaccine from the beginning of December, Healthcare Leader’s sister title Pulse has reported. Practices and PCNs will be asked to prepare to give the vaccine to over 85s and front line workers from the start of December, […]

Study: GP practice expansions have led to poorer continuity of care

GP practices that have grown in size over the last few years have been less able to accommodate patients in seeing their preferred GP, a study has concluded.  The research, led by the University of Kent, analysed UK GP Patient Survey responses  between 2013 and 2018 to track reported changes in access to care. It found […]

Ban on care home visits through lockdown will ‘erode human rights’, warn bodies

More than 60 organisations have signed an open letter calling on the Government to allow care home visits to continue during the second national lockdown. The letter, written by the National Care Forum (NCF), said care homes ‘must be supported to enable visits by families and loved ones’ both now and in future, adding that […]

Practices can now start referring patients to pharmacies for minor illnesses

The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service has now been extended to include referrals from GP practices.  The service, which enables practices to refer patients to pharmacies for treatment of minor illnesses, previously only accepted referrals from NHS 111.  A recent pilot found that the use of CPCS in general practice freed up appointments and reduced […]