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  • 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.

  • Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective
    2 October 2020

    This week Jessie Cunnett, director of health and social care at Transverse has shared this article.

  • Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective
    1 October 2020

    This week Jessie Cunnett, director of health and social care at Transverse has shared this article - Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective.

  • Celebrating innovation in eye research
    24 September 2020

    This week Julian Jackson from VisionBridge has shared a report on eye research.

  • Link of the week: Comprehensive Spending Review and Covid-19
    24 September 2020

    This week we are sharing a blog that outlines the funding pressures and uncertainties faced by the health and care system

  • Risk stratifying elective care patients
    10 September 2020

    This blog has been shared by MBI healthcare technologies. As services are starting to treat routine patients those on waiting lists are making enquiries as to where they are on the list, and if they are still on the list.

  • Link of the week
    4 September 2020

    This week the link we would like to share are reflections from physiotherapy students on placement at Alzheimer Scotland https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/

 
 
Thursday, 15 February 2018

In other news

In response to calls for more straight news, we have abandoned the usual satirical format and borrowed two stories from the HSJ, which are reproduced here very much as they first appeared. The few small embellishments and minor changes of detail are purely to avoid infringing copyright and upsetting upsetting the HSJ's editor Alastair McLellan.

Forward view shortage threatens community services

Community services leaders are up in arms about NHS England’s decision to abandon a forward view for the sector. NHS England had started work on a Community Services Forward View, but ran out of coffee and savoury snacks before it could be completed.

The NHS as a whole is covered by the Five Year Forward View, while general practice and mental health each have their own dedicated forward views. “It’s a slap in the face for community services,” said one leader, who declined to exist. “Every other sector has a high-level strategy that falls far short of a useful plan but is handy to blame when things go wrong. Every other sector has been promised transformation money, which fails to make it through to the front line or is spirited away to prop up hospitals. Why should we be any different?”

NHS England denied that it was rationing strategy or that there was a postcode lottery for forward views, but acknowledged that some areas would inevitably lose out. A spokesperson said: “In an ideal world everyone would have their own nice document with a foreword by Simon Stevens, but at a time of limited resources we have to make difficult choices. Everyone has heard of GPs but ‘community services’ has very low unprompted brand recognition in our core national news media demographic.”

NHS England is said to be considering measures to placate angry community services chiefs, including a tour of the executive suite on the sixth floor of Skipton House, followed by tea and selfie opportunities with Simon (subject to availability).

Elderly man ‘let down’ as hospitals decline his savings

The NHS is failing in its duty of care to older ennobled people – so says disgruntled Coles resident Patrick, who says he feels “really let down by hospitals”. Patrick, known locally by the nickname “Lord Carter”, has spent several years complaining of early onset inefficiency, but despite numerous tests and visits to most of the hospitals in England, Patrick says it isn’t getting any better.

“I’ve told them what’s wrong, but none of them seem able to do anything about it,” he says. “They just keep fobbing me off with excuses.”

Patrick first noticed something was wrong in 2009. “I remember it was just after the banking collapse when things started to feel very tight. I put it down to poor circulation but a chap I worked with said it might be constrained long-term funding, which can be terminal if it isn’t sorted out.”

Patrick visited a private consultant “who charged me a fortune to tell me a lot of things I already knew”. However, he was shocked to discover that unless he was able to find £5bn, nobody would be able to get treatment in an NHS hospital for much longer.

“I mean, who has that much lying around?” he asks.

Several years later and Patrick’s embarrassing procurement problem is getting worse. He’s tried everything from telling people to try harder to insisting that nobody buys anything without a purchase order, “but they just won’t listen”, he complains.

A spokesperson said that they were aware of an irascible man calling himself Lord Carter frequently turning up at hospitals but had been unable to find anything wrong. “We told him to try primary care instead and stop wasting our time.”  

News editor: Julian Patterson

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