To those of you staffing your Practices during half-term – Thank you! To those of you having a well-earned half-term break with your family – we hope you have enjoyed spending valuable time relaxing and reconnecting with those close to you.
The BMA’s GP England committee (GPC England) met last Thursday to discuss this year’s GP contract offer from the Government
As the first bulbs break through winter's grip, mirroring the new year, it's the perfect time to nurture your financial well-being too. While patient demands often claim our focus, neglecting personal and practice finances can lead to hidden weeds later.
Shared care is a term used within the NHS to describe the situation where a specialist doctor wishes to pass some of the patient’s care, such as prescription of medication and/monitoring, over to their general practitioner (GP).
Happy New Year from everyone at Wessex LMCs. I hope that you managed to get some time to rest and enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Christmas is in the midst of winter, enveloped in dark nights. This has been another tough year for General Practice. Despite many promises we still don’t have as many GPs as we did in 2015.
With nearly 20,000 page views a month we know that our website is a highly valued resource for information and support for our members. We are therefore excited to announce that our new website and event platform is now ‘live’.
In last week’s Newsletter introduction (written by Wessex LMCs joint CEO Dr Laura Edwards) we highlighted the 2023 Annual Conference of England LMC Representatives which is happening on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November at Friends House in London.
On 23rd November it will be the Annual Conference of England LMC Representatives. This is when all the LMCs come together from across the England to discuss and debate motions relevant to GPs working in England. Although this sounds dry, the topics are wide ranging, and the room can be very passionate and emotive.
Everyone working with Primary Care and especially within General Practice is busy. We start afresh each Monday, but all so quickly its Friday and before we know it, (or are ready) our precious weekends have Disappeared, and we are back at our desks for another week.
We are approaching another deadline in the long conversation about patient access to General Practice medical records. From 31st October 2023 it is expected that all practices fully enable this function for prospective access to the medical record for most patients over 16.
It is finally a pleasure to be able to bring what feels like some good news to practices which is in relation to the 6% pay uplift. The BMA have been working extensively over the last couple of months to reach agreement with NHSE on how practices will receive the agreed pay uplift.
It is often said that one of the most important educational experiences that we can have to equip us for our role as family doctors is our lived experience. My father passed away earlier this year and it was enlightening to live the experience from the patient perspective.
In true NHSE style, here we are at the eleventh hour before the 1st September start date for the Covid and Flu vaccination enhanced service and a letter is published asking General Practice to yet again step up, spin on a sixpence, and re-arrange plans to start everything earlier than originally told.