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An extra £10 million is being invested by the Scottish Government to help people with mental health difficulties at an early stage. The money will be spent over two years and will support new forms of mental health work in primary care settings, ministers have announced. Some of the work…
Only around one in five GP surgeries offer extended hours to patients seven days a week, official data shows. The Government has committed to improving access to GPs in the evenings and weekends through surgeries putting on extra sessions where appointments can be pre-booked. Previous research has suggested that demand…
Ten-minute slots for GP appointments could be hampering the number of patients diagnosed with dementia, experts have said. Researchers said that clinicians have difficulty properly assessing patients with memory problems in just 10 minutes. Meanwhile complex criteria which need to be met before a family doctor can refer a patient…
The first group of students on a new paramedic course have started the next step in their careers. In a bid to help address the national paramedic shortage and to invest in its staff, North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has worked with the University of Sunderland to develop a new…
A new one-stop NHS website where patients book appointments, order prescriptions and access medical advice is being developed, health officials have announced. For minor ailments patients will be able to check their symptoms online and they will be able to read up on all manner of diseases. The new NHS.uk…
Dr Robin Miller, Senior Fellow and Director of Evidence at the Health Services Management Centre of the University of Birmingham has produced a podcast with Ockham Healthcare reflecting on the relationship between general practice and adult social work. Based on University of Birmingham research and developmental work, Robin considers what…
An out-of-hours GP service at the centre of a scandal over patients waiting hours for calls must improve, the regulator has said. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said Integrated Care 24 (IC24), which runs non-emergency 111 and out-of-hours services in Norfolk and Wisbech and surrounding areas, needs to do more…
A failure to implement robust primary healthcare systems could see the developing world combating a $21trillion healthcare crisis – equivalent to the GDP of the USA and UK combined. Stuart Telfer, Programme Leader of University of the West of Scotland’s new Master’s Degree in Global Primary Care Management, warned that…
A payment system which gives GP surgeries money for how well they perform has not saved additional lives, a new study has found. Research into the payment system used across the UK to pay GP practices is "yet to show clear patient benefits", the study concluded. Experts from the universities…
Skills for Health has launched a new suite of statutory and mandatory e-learning courses specifically designed for the primary care sector. The courses, delivered in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Health, were developed with the help of a panel of healthcare professionals and reflect all current government and…
Patients will be urged to "self-manage" conditions online and see nurses and pharmacists as part of a major shake-up of GP surgeries. NHS England has announced a five-year plan to put general practice "back on its feet", with an extra £2.4 billion a year in funding by 2020/21. The boost…
The University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC) has announced the appointment of Professor Wendy Wills as director. The centre, which focuses on children’s health, food and public health, as well as older people’s health, has gained an international reputation for its excellence in primary…
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