What works to manage demand in planned care, in what circumstances?

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Alison Turner presents a realist synthesis, which aims to understand how demand management interventions work in different settings.

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Reducing the bureaucracy in general practice must be a national priority, says NHS Alliance

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Sarah McDonald reviews a new NHS Alliance report, which provides a snapshot of GP and Practice Manager views on the day-to-day work demands that exist outside of general practice consultations.

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To deliver quality primary care, GPs should analyse their clinical case-mix, says Health Education England

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This post looks at the Health Education England report, The future of primary care, which is about recruitment and training in primary care.

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“No ‘one size fits all’ model for delivering primary care” says RAND Europe

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Summary of a report, produced by RAND Europe, exploring different models for delivering primary care, including collaboration, and how to manage change.

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What works in managing referrals from primary to secondary care?

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In this blog, Alison Turner looks at a report which shares findings from a systematic review, exploring interventions to manage referrals from primary to secondary care.

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Report highlights challenges facing CCGs as they take on new co-commissioning responsibilities

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This new report from The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust provides guidance for CCGs working in partnership with GPs and local authorities, as new co-commissioning arrangements are launched.

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Nuffield Trust offers an insight into the costs of end of life care

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This report from the Nuffield Trust is an important addition to the literature base on end of life care as it attempts to quantify the costs involved in end of life care, from the perspectives of the various services involved.  Although there are limitations to the cost estimates, which are explicitly acknowledged, the findings will [read the full story…]

Signs of value for money in some out of hours GP services, but room for improvement says National Audit Office

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This new report from the National Audit Office considers the current status of out of hours GP services in England, based on data collected during 2013-2014. Although the report is focused on England, there may be lessons for commissioners in other health systems. Methods The report is based on : a web-based survey of CCGs (175 [read the full story…]

Primary care must change to meet needs of population, says report

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The King’s Fund has just published this report, which describes how the health and social care workforce are coming up with new models for delivering primary care, to support the “current system of commissioning”. The report is aimed at commissioners, GP staff, and related stakeholders, including social care and local authorities, and promotes improved liaison [read the full story…]

Supporting early diagnosis in primary care

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Introduction This good practice guide is a collaborative effort between the Royal College of Radiologists, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the Society and College of Radiographers. It has been developed to improve imaging services in the early stages of illness, particularly in primary care, by building strong partnerships between diagnostic imaging departments and [read the full story…]