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  • UK’s National Health Service teams up with the Radio Society of Great Britain to improve health and wellbeing
    4 March 2021

    This week's blog is by Paul Devlin, Emergency Care Improvement Support Team (ECIST), NHS England and NHS Improvement.

  • Structuring a PCN Social Prescribing Service for the post COVID world
    25 February 2021

    This week we have a blog by Nick Sharples.

  • Community-Oriented Integrated Care
    18 February 2021

    The blog this week is a short extract from a paper considering an approach primary care networks could use to move towards community-oriented integrated care.

  • Strategy Unit releases opensource model for planning vaccine centre capacity
    11 February 2021

    This week's blog is from The Strategy Unit who are sharing an opensource model to help with vaccine centre capacity planning.

  • Time to talk day
    4 February 2021

    A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

  • Supporting Staff: the emergence of ‘long-covid’
    28 January 2021

    As we are now well into a second, or is it now the third, wave of Covid-19 it is becoming apparent that Covid is something we have not experienced before and it has unique implications for staff management. It is not just the possibility that staff may become acutely ill with the virus, but that for some they may go on to develop persistent debilitating symptoms that will affect their ability to go back to work. This article looks at the implications of long-covid for HR and service managers when looking to support health care professionals (HCPs) return to work.

  • Link of the week: Clinically-Led workforce and Activity Redesign (CLEAR)
    21 January 2021

    This week we are sharing a link to the Clinically-Led workforce and Activity Redesign (CLEAR) site that is funded by Health Education England.

  • So much more than an extra pair of hands
    14 January 2021

    The introduction of the additional roles reimbursement scheme for primary care networks has started to grow capacity in general practice to address the unsustainably high workload that has put so much pressure on GPs.

  • Primary Care Networks – how did we get here?
    7 January 2021

    This week we are sharing a blog by PCC’s chairman David Colin-Thomé.

  • A year like no other
    17 December 2020

    On 5 July 1948 the NHS was born, over the last 72 years challenges and changes have been remarkable but the service has probably never been tested as much as in the last nine months. There have previously been numerous re-organisations, multiple changes to hospitals, mental health services and a shift from the family doctor towards more integrated primary care services delivered by a range of professionals. However, rapid transformation of services to embrace digital technologies, and a shift change to work differently has been forced upon all areas of the health service this year.

  • Guest blog: David Hotchin
    11 December 2020

    This week we have a guest blog that was submitted to us by David Hotchin, written by a retired friend....obviously, he's used a little poetic licence.

  • What now for commissioning?
    3 December 2020

    By Professor David Colin-Thomé, OBE, chair of PCC and formerly a GP for 36 years, the National Clinical Director of Primary, Dept of Health England 2001- 10 and visiting Professor Manchester and Durham Universities.

  • What White people don’t see
    26 November 2020

    This year’s Black History Month (BHM) has, unfortunately, in its shadow another example of why campaigns like this exist.

  • Primary Care: Why don’t we talk about Racism?
    20 November 2020

    Rita Symons is an ex NHS leader who is now a leadership consultant, coach and facilitator. Her work is mainly in the NHS and she is an associate for PCC offering facilitation, coaching, strategy development and team development activities. She is a concerned but hopeful world citizen and combines work in the NHS with a board role in a non for profit organisation and an interest in writing.

  • Primary Care and the Health of the Public
    12 November 2020

    By Professor David Colin-Thomé, OBE, chair of PCC and formerly a GP for 36 years, the National Clinical Director of Primary, Dept of Health England 2001- 10 and visiting Professor Manchester and Durham Universities.

  • What now for primary care
    4 November 2020

    By Professor David Colin-Thomé, OBE, chair of PCC and formerly a GP for 36 years, the National Clinical Director of Primary, Dept of Health England 2001- 10 and visiting Professor Manchester and Durham Universities.

  • Boosting your resilience
    30 October 2020

    The last year has been a difficult one, who would have imagined last Christmas that we would have been in lockdown, with the NHS seriously tested by a global pandemic. So much change has happened and the resilience of people working in and with health and care services has been seriously tested. Resilience is our ability to deal with, find strengths in and/or recover from difficult situations. Its sometimes referred to as “bounceabiliy” – but bouncing in what way?

  • Link of the week: National Cholesterol Month
    23 October 2020

    Every month or week of the year seems to be an awareness week, October has more than its fair share.

  • New redeployment service offers talent pool of motivated, work-ready individuals
    15 October 2020

    People 1st International have shared some of the work they are doing to support people displaced from industries due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is an opportunity for health and care services to benefit from this workforce.

  • Link of the week
    9 October 2020

    Article published in the BMJ looking at the ability of the health service to quickly bounce back to pre-Covid levels of activity and considers if it is desirable.

Friday, 3 May 2013

It's got our name on it

It has been a bumper week for news, so we have pulled out a few of the headlines and imagined the stories that might have appeared under them. Only the headlines are real. (The ironically challenged are advised to head straight for the news pages and the serious news.)

Commissioning a good child health service
Doctors unveiled controversial new plans for a health service exclusively for good children.  A leading doctor said: “Children are a nuisance at the best of times. With waiting rooms overflowing and pressure on resources, it makes sense to prioritise the well-behaved ones.”

Citing research showing that good children were more likely to eat sensibly, attend to personal hygiene and avoid accidents than the naughty ones, GPs said the new approach would reward the “deserving young” for their healthy lifestyles. 

A variant of the “friends and family” test will be used to decide which children qualify to see a doctor and which have recently hit their sister or failed to tidy their bedrooms.

Friends and family of the child will be asked to rate them from 0 to 10 in answer to the question: “Would you recommend this child to a clinician?”

A new model for general practice
GPs expressed disappointment at government plans to resolve the problem of GP premises by asking GPs to build new ones themselves. Instead of the increase in funding they had hoped for, GPs will be issued with self-assembly health centres from DIY chain Wickes.

The new NHS premises agency ShedCo said: “The flat-packed, lightweight, modular clinical units offer a value for money, up-to-date alternative to today’s ageing and unsuitable doctors’ premises.” 

Each unit comes with a free screwdriver, a tin of EU-approved creosote substitute and a pre-painted NHS logo. “It’s got our name on it,” ShedCo said.

Tracking staff moves during transition: people tracker
NHS staff are being tagged to prevent any more of them getting lost during the transition from the old NHS to the new and improved one. The process or “lifting and shifting” staff has left many confused about where they are going and what they are supposed to be doing, and some have gone missing altogether.

“A number of my colleagues have disappeared,” said one manager. “I can only assume they are still stuck on the ring road trying to find the office.” 

A government spokesman acknowledged that “a few” managers were still missing, adding “we’re confident that it is no more than 10,000 and that they won’t turn up eventually”.

The electronic tags will allow senior managers to know where staff are and what they are doing at all times. The tags can also be used to administer a small electric shock to keep the wearer focused on quality, outcomes and efficiency.

Senior managers’ luxuriant pot plants are also to be tagged after several yuccas and a large begonia went missing en route to a CCG in Surrey.

juliamanning says:
May 03, 2013 11:50 AM
You brighten up my Fridays, thank you.