GP practices will be required to have an hour-long phone conversation with the CQC once a year as part of changes to the inspection process, the regulator has announced.
The BMA has published a new handbook to help practices in England as they establish primary care networks (PCNs) ahead of the May deadline.
Practices have a legal obligation to report major incidents, but they can also benefit from a systematic approach to dealing with minor incidents and near misses, explains Kate Taylor from Medical Protection.
This checklist provides a guide to the information you will need and advice on how to complete the new Data Protection and Security Toolkit.
The BMA and NHS England have announced details of a five-year contract, described as the 'most significant' contract changes in 15 years. Medeconomics highlights the key points.
Under the new five-year GP contract practices are expected to join a network and sign up to a new network contract DES that will begin in July 2019. (This article has been updated to include new guidance on what practices need to do to become a network).
Changes to the QOF under the GP contract for 2019/20 will remove 'unnecessary indicators' and introduce a new quality improvement domain.
All practices in England are expected to offer 'digital-first' primary care to patients under the new five-year GP contract - including online access to health records and online consultations from 2020.