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  1. News Article
    Older women are at higher risk than older men of experiencing adverse reactions to drugs prescribed by their family doctor, and older patients taking more than 10 medicines are at higher risk than those taking fewer, according to a study. Overall, one in four older people experience adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to pills prescribed by their GP, the research published in the British Journal of General Practice suggests. It has prompted calls for GPs to consider deprescribing ineffective medications and prioritise patients taking lots of drugs for a regular review of their prescriptions. The medicines most commonly associated with ADRs included those used to treat high blood pressure and other cardiac conditions, strong painkillers such as tramadol, and antibiotics such as amoxicillin, according to the study. The study monitored 592 patients aged 70 and older across 15 general practices in the Republic of Ireland over a six-year period. One in four experienced at least one ADR. Patients prescribed 10 or more medicines had a threefold increased risk of experiencing a reaction, researchers said. Women were at least 50% more likely to have ADRs than men, the study found. “ADRs can be difficult to identify in medically complex older adults as they often present as non-specific symptoms,” the researchers wrote in the British Journal of General Practice. “GPs are well placed to detect the occurrence of ADRs from drugs prescribed in primary care as well as in other care settings. Deprescribing of ineffective medications and those no longer clinically indicated is one approach to reducing the risk of ADRs in older patients.” Read full story Source: The Guardian, 24 January 2023
  2. Content Article
    To share learning from clinical negligence claims with healthcare professionals, NHS Resolution has now published a suite of six information leaflets relating to medication errors. The ‘Did You Know’ series covers: Maternity Heparin and anticoagulants Extravasation High-level medication errors General Practice medication errors Anti-infective medication errors
  3. Content Article
    The report covers the following issues: Access to general practice Continuity of care General practice and new NHS organisations The GP partnership It makes the following key recommendations: The Government needs to acknowledge that general practice in in crisis and that patient access to a GP is unacceptably poor. The Government should commission a review into short-term problems that constrain primary care, including the interface between primary and secondary care, prescribing from signing to dispensing, administrative tasks, day-to-day usability of IT hardware and software and reviewing of bloods, pathology and imaging reports The Government should provide funding to create 1,000 additional GP training places per year and consider extending the GP training scheme to four years. The Government and NHS England should identify mechanisms to distribute GP trainees more equitably across the country. NHS England should set out how it plans to increase the flexibility of the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme to allow Primary Care Networks to hire both clinical and non-clinical professionals. Given they are often the first point of contact with primary care for most patients, NHS England should review and consider providing standardised national training for receptionists to drive up standards and equip receptionists with the skills required. NHS England should take further steps to address the administrative workload in general practice, including by introducing e- prescribing in hospitals and focusing on the primary-secondary care interface by encouraging ICSs to provide a reporting tool for GPs to report inappropriate workload transfer. The Government should also fund research into the specific role that machine learning can play in the automation of reporting and coding test results to reduce clinical admin in general practice. The Government should undertake a full review of primary care IT systems from the perspective of the clinicians with an emphasis on improving the end user interface. NHS England should include a specific focus on encouraging locum GPs back into regular employment by supporting GP practices to offer more flexible working patterns. The Government and NHS England should adopt the recommendations related to NHS pensions in our recent Report on Workforce: recruitment, training and retention in health and social care. The Government and NHS England must acknowledge the decline in continuity of care in recent years and make it an explicit national priority to reverse this decline. NHS England should introduce a national measure of continuity of care to be reported by all GP practices by 2024. It should also provide Primary Care Networks with additional funding to appoint a ‘continuity lead’ for at least one session per week. The Government should examine the possibility of limiting the list size of patients to, for example, 2500 on a list, which would slowly reduce to a figure of around 1850 over five years as more GPs are recruited as planned. NHS England should champion the personal list model and re-implement personal lists in the GP contract from 2030 onwards. Integrated Care Systems should prioritise simplifying the patient interface with the NHS by improving access, triage and referral across first-contact NHS organisations including general practice. NHS England should abolish the Quality and Outcomes Framework and Impact and Investment Framework and re-invest the funding in the core contract, weighted to account for patient demographics including deprivation, to incentivise continuity of care. NHS England should revise the Carr-Hill formula to ensure that core funding given to GP practices is better weighted for deprivation. The Government and NHS England should increase the level of organisational support provided to GPs with a particular focus on important back-office functions such as HR, data and estates management. the Government should reaffirm its commitment to maintaining the GP partnership model and explain how it will take forward our recommendations to better support the partnership model, alongside ongoing work to enable other models of primary care provision. The Government should consider adopting the approach to GP premises taken in Scotland and conduct its own analysis of whether this would be viable for general practice in England. The Government should accelerate plans to allow GP partners to operate as Limited Liability Partnerships or other similar models which limit the amount of risk to which GP partners are exposed.
  4. Event
    This Westminster conference will examine policy and funding priorities for general practice. The agenda also looks at wider issues around GP wellbeing, patient access, service integration, and service recovery in the wake of disruptions caused by the pandemic. Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss progress, issues and next steps for ambitions to increase capacity within general practice for urgent same-day care, tackle areas of inefficiency, and improve transparency and accountability - in the context of the NHS Long Term Plan and the Winter Access Fund. Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on priorities and key issues moving forward, including: integration - implementing reforms within the Health and Care Bill and the role of primary care workforce - recruitment and retention, the role of locum and other support staff, supporting mental health and wellbeing, and tackling burnout primary care networks - progress in development and their role in improving local health outcomes innovation and infrastructure - taking forward innovation from the pandemic and how the estate can support innovative working, tackle inefficiencies, and improve patient access going forward personalised care - opportunities and challenges, the role of community services, and ways to improve the delivery of patient-centred care. The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend fromthe DHSC; CQC; the OHID; National Audit Office; and DWP. Agenda Register
  5. Content Article
    Key points The Commonwealth Fund surveyed 13,200 primary care physicians across 11 countries between January and June 2019. This included 1,001 general practitioners (GPs) from the UK. The Health Foundation analysed the data and reports on the findings from a UK perspective. In some aspects of care, the UK performs strongly and is an international leader. Almost all UK GPs surveyed use electronic medical records and use of data to review and improve care is relatively high. The survey also highlights areas of major concern for the NHS. Just 6% of UK GPs report feeling ‘extremely’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their workload – the lowest of any country surveyed. Only France has lower overall GP satisfaction with practising medicine. GPs in the UK also report high stress levels and feel that the quality of care that they and the wider NHS can provide is declining. A high proportion of surveyed UK GPs plan to quit or reduce their working hours in the near future. 49% of UK GP respondents plan to reduce their weekly clinical hours in the next 3 years (compared to 10% who plan to increase them). UK GPs continue to report shorter appointment lengths than the majority of their international colleagues. Just 5% of UK GPs surveyed feel ‘extremely’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the amount of time they can spend with their patients, significantly lower than the satisfaction reported by GPs in the other 10 countries surveyed. Workload pressures are growing across general practice, and UK GPs report that they are doing more of all types of patient consultations (including face-to-face, telephone triage and telephone consulting). Policymakers expect GPs to be offering video and email consultations to patients who want them in the near future but the survey suggests that this is currently a long way from happening. Only 11% of UK GPs report that their surgeries provide care through video consultation.
  6. Content Article
    The study examined the work of 61 GPs working in the NHS using time-motion methods, ethnographic observations and interviews. It found that GPs’ work is frequently disrupted by operational failures including: missing patient information problems with technology interruptions to consultations. The study identifies the nature and impact of operational failures that GPs face, allowing for more specific improvement measures to be explored. It also indicates the need for coordinated action to support GPs.