Latest Medeconomics articles

How have GP practices performed in CQC inspections?

How have GP practices performed in CQC inspections?

The latest annual report from the CQC sets out ratings for all of the sectors it regulates. Medeconomics highlights how general practice has fared.

How to make the most of your PPG

How to make the most of your PPG

10 tips on how to get the best out of your PPG and ensure the process does not involve too much work, plus links to useful resources.

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in general practice - a checklist

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in general practice - a checklist

This checklist can help you ensure that your practice has procedures in place to cover safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and highlights useful resources. It has been updated to reflect the increased use of remote consultations during the pandemic.

QOF QI checklist: Early cancer diagnosis

QOF QI checklist: Early cancer diagnosis

Medeconomics provides a list of actions to consider to achieve the QI indicators for early cancer diagnosis in this year’s QOF.

QOF QI checklist: Learning disabilities

QOF QI checklist: Learning disabilities

Medeconomics provides a list of actions to consider to achieve the QI indicators for learning disabilities in this year’s QOF.

Business continuity: Preparing your practice for a surge in COVID-19 cases

Business continuity: Preparing your practice for a surge in COVID-19 cases

Medeconomics provides GP practices with a checklist of key issues to consider during a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, including business continuity considerations.

Network contract DES: The additional roles reimbursement scheme explained

Network contract DES: The additional roles reimbursement scheme explained

Under the GP contract for 2020/21, the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme has been changed and will now provide 100% funding for staff recruited and several new roles will be covered by the scheme.

Network contract DES 2020/21 - full details

Network contract DES 2020/21 - full details

Medeconomics outlines full details of the network contract DES for 2020/21. This article has been updated to reflect the latest update to the DES on 17 September 2020.

Network contract DES: The Investment and Impact Fund explained

Network contract DES: The Investment and Impact Fund explained

An updated version of the network contract DES for 2020/21 sets out how the new Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) will work from October.

NHS England updates network contract DES

NHS England updates network contract DES

Practices have been given a month to decide whether they want to opt out of the network contract DES, after NHS England issued an update to the enhanced service.

Primary care networks: The clinical director role

Primary care networks: The clinical director role

Every primary care network will need to appoint a clinical director. Medeconomics explains what this role involves and BMA guidance on appointing a director.

PCN service specification: Supporting early cancer diagnosis

PCN service specification: Supporting early cancer diagnosis

An overview of the network service specification.

PCN service specification: Enhanced health in care homes

PCN service specification: Enhanced health in care homes

An overview of the network service specification.

PCN service specification: Structured medication review and medicine optimisation

PCN service specification: Structured medication review and medicine optimisation

An overview of the network service specification and its accompanying guidance.

NHS England’s top GP apologises for 'hurt' caused by face-to-face appointments letter

NHS England’s top GP apologises for 'hurt' caused by face-to-face appointments letter

NHS England medical director for primary care Dr Nikki Kanani has apologised for ‘any hurt’ caused by a letter reminding practices of their responsibility to offer face-to-face appointments, after a furious backlash from GPs.

How to use patient complaints to improve your services

How to use patient complaints to improve your services

A framework to help practices analyse complaints in order to improve services, including a downloadable template to record feedback.

Managing patient complaints

Managing patient complaints

A step-by-step guide to managing complaints, including links to useful resources. This article has been updated to include information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flu campaign 2020: Useful resources

Flu campaign 2020: Useful resources

Links to useful resources and information relating to the 2020/21 flu campaign.

Flu and pneumococcal DES 2020/21

Flu and pneumococcal DES 2020/21

Medeconomics summarises details of the flu and pneumococcal DES for 2020/21.

Full details of QOF changes for 2020/21

Full details of QOF changes for 2020/21

NHS England and the BMA have published full details of the change to the QOF for 2020/21, which are summarised here.

Medico-legal issues when running a flu vaccination clinic offsite

Medico-legal issues when running a flu vaccination clinic offsite

Practices face a difficult task delivering flu immunisations this year. MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Kathryn Leask offers practical advice to those thinking of running a clinic in an alternative location.

Can healthcare assistants administer a flu vaccine?

Can healthcare assistants administer a flu vaccine?

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Kathryn Leask provides advice on the use of patient group directions and patient specific directions in the delivery of vaccination clinics.

Flu clinics in 2020: Issues for practices to consider

Flu clinics in 2020: Issues for practices to consider

A checklist of issues that practices will need to consider as they plan their flu clinics against a backdrop of COVID-19. This article was updated on 28 August 2020 to reflect new guidance on PPE.

COVID-19: Infection control in general practice - UPDATED

COVID-19: Infection control in general practice - UPDATED

Fionnuala O'Donnell highlights the infection control issues practices need to consider. This article has been updated to reflect latest PHE guidance published in August 2020.