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NHS England sets out new process for how NHS 111 will work with practices

NHS England sets out new process for how NHS 111 will work with practices

NHS England has set out the general principles for how NHS 111 will work with primary care to manage patients with COVID-19 in the community, in its latest preparedness letter.

Supporting staff through the COVID-19 outbreak

Supporting staff through the COVID-19 outbreak

NHS Employers has produced a range of information to help NHS organisations to support their staff during this unprecedented time. Medeconomics highlights key points for GP practices.

Guidance for pregnant healthcare staff in coronavirus outbreak updated

Guidance for pregnant healthcare staff in coronavirus outbreak updated

All frontline healthcare staff who are pregnant should have the choice to stop work in patient-facing roles during the COVID-19 pandemic, updated advice warns.

Coronavirus update: Growing concern over PPE in general practice

Coronavirus update: Growing concern over PPE in general practice

85% of GPs say PPE is inadequate for COVID-19 outbreak; RCGP calls for clarity on PPE use; Surrey GP uses 3D printing to make own masks.

Coronavirus checklist for practice managers - updated

Coronavirus checklist for practice managers - updated

Checklists for practice managers to ensure that practice is taking necessary precautions to minimise the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). Updated on 19 March to reflect latest guidance and to include HR tips.

Coronavirus update: QOF and ES pay protected, 'Out of date' PPE is safe says government

Coronavirus update: QOF and ES pay protected, 'Out of date' PPE is safe says government

QOF and enhanced services pay protected from 1 April, plus government insists 'out of date' PPE delivered to GP practices is safe.

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 policies and procedures in place to cover issues associated with safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and highlights useful resources.

Coronavirus update: CQC inspections suspended, Priority testing for frontline staff

Coronavirus update: CQC inspections suspended, Priority testing for frontline staff

Medeconomics highlights the latest news relating to the coronavirus pandemic of relevance to GP practices.

Coronavirus: Employment law advice for GP practices

Coronavirus: Employment law advice for GP practices

MDDUS employment law adviser Janice Sibbald answers some key employment law questions about managing the coronavirus risk.

PCNs in crisis as LMCs call on practices to reject network DES

PCNs in crisis as LMCs call on practices to reject network DES

The future of primary care networks (PCNs) has been left in major doubt after LMCs voted for the profession to reject the network DES in its current form.

Network DES could cost practices thousands each year, warn LMCs

Network DES could cost practices thousands each year, warn LMCs

A group of LMCs has warned it 'cannot recommend' GPs sign up to revised plans for primary care networks (PCNs), warning the deal could cost practices thousands of pounds a year.

GP contract: Overhaul of bureaucracy in general practice promised

GP contract: Overhaul of bureaucracy in general practice promised

Revalidation, referral processes, coding of patient data and mandatory training requirements could be overhauled under a drive to ease unsustainable workload by reducing bureaucracy in general practice.

End-of-year checklist for GP practices

End-of-year checklist for GP practices

A round-up of what practices in England need to do by the end of March 2020.

QOF quality improvement: Early cancer diagnosis module explained

QOF quality improvement: Early cancer diagnosis module explained

For 2020/21, early diagnosis of cancer will be included in the QOF's quality improvement domain. Medeconomics looks at what practices will need to do.

QOF quality improvement: Learning disabilities module explained

QOF quality improvement: Learning disabilities module explained

Supporting people with learning disabilities is one of the QOF's quality improvement modules for 2020/21. Medeconomics explains what practices will need to do.

Advice on communicating with patients about coronavirus

Advice on communicating with patients about coronavirus

Liz Price from the MDDUS provides some dos and don'ts on how practices should provide public health information about the coronavirus to patients.

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.

Updates to private fees

Updates to private fees

Details of the latest updates to the Medeconomics GP Fees Database.

PCNs: New workforce roles explained (updated for 2020)

PCNs: New workforce roles explained (updated for 2020)

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. Medeconomics explains the changes.

GP contract 2020: What is the Impact and Investment Fund?

GP contract 2020: What is the Impact and Investment Fund?

Primary care networks (PCNs) will be rewarded for performance from April 2020 with the introduction of the new Investment and Impact Fund.

What does the new GP contract mean for primary care networks?

What does the new GP contract mean for primary care networks?

Requirements for primary care networks (PCNs) from April have been significantly scaled back and funding increased to cover the full cost of hiring staff into additional roles.

Changes to vaccination payments under the GP contract

Changes to vaccination payments under the GP contract

A radical overhaul of the way practices in England are paid for vaccinations – the most significant change to the system in 30 years – is to begin from this April under the GP contract.