C-reactive protein point-of-care testing helped a Hertfordshire practice reduce antibiotic prescribing and re-attendance rates and cut the use of A&E and out-of-hours services. Liz Cross explains how the initiative works.1 comment
Deeper analysis of data has highlighted new ways of improving efficiency for one GP practice. Rima Evans reports.
Dr Laura Pugh explains why her practice decided to undertake a Gold Standards Framework training programme, how they applied this learning and the results they achieved.
Dr Ian Pawson explains how his practice provides primary care services to intermediate care patients, which he believes can provide practices with an opportunity to both expand and improve patient care.
Dr Raj Thakkar explains how the principles of change management can be used to improve patient care and develop new services.
One in six patients at a practice is likely to be affected by hearing loss - a figure that is set to rise. Tom Bailey from Action on Hearing Loss explains what practices can do to make their services and information more accessible.
What is social prescribing and can it help practices to reduce their workload? Greg Pitcher reports.
As GP practices grow larger and busier, effective communication with patients and between staff becomes increasingly important. Dr Edward Farnan, MDU medico-legal adviser, explains how these skills can be improved by regular training.
A GP practice in Nottingham has been host to an orthopaedic clinic run by consultants, which has reduced costs and improved access to treatment. Rima Evans reports.
Since 31 July 2016 all practices must fully comply with the accessible information standard and ensure patients receive information they can access and understand along with communication support if required. Medeconomics explains what practices should do.
From 1 April GP practices in England will be required to make a record of patient's information and communication needs under the accessible information standard. Medeconomics explains what this involves.
Introducing a minor injuries walk-in clinic helped a Nottinghamshire practice reduce A&E attendance by 100 in 12 months, as well as achieve an 'outstanding' CQC rating. Polly Foreman reports
Practices can make use of new technology to support patients with long-term conditions and help individuals stop smoking or lose weight.
Conducting regular medicine reviews of patients in care homes improves patient care and can lead to significant savings. The Village Green Surgery in Tyne and Wear tells Rima Evans how its scheme works.
GP practices can take some simple steps to identify and support carers on their list.
Asthma UK has produced a guide to help practices improve patient attendance and efficiency around asthma reviews.
New schemes to divert patients seeking treatment for minor ailments to their community pharmacist are on the increase. Rima Evans reports on the benefits to GPs and patients.
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