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    • 5 Dec 2019
    Now that you have formed your primary care network, it is time to shape and direct your local vision in a way that truly improves the lives of both your patients and staff. The BMA is offering a bespoke learning and development package. This is designed to provide PCN leaders a space to share experiences and establish a network of support. In so doing, everyone will benefit and gain from the experience, learning and...
  • Digital transformation in primary care – looking back at 2019

    • 4 Dec 2019
    It has been a very busy year as IT policy lead for GPC; primary care is undergoing the biggest digital transformation agenda we have seen. I have been working with colleagues on the policy group and our JGPITC (joint GPC-RCGP IT committee) to influence the national agenda on future IT to ensure these new developments are suitable for practices and enhance patient care. The Long Term Plan published at the start of the...
  • Addressing the gender pay gap: shared responsibilities, shared pay

    SPL (Shared parental leave) was brought in to place in 2015 by the Government with the aim of enabling parents to choose how they would like to share care-giving responsibilities during the first year of their child’s life. Prior to that the main entitlements to leave were through maternity leave (up to 52 weeks, partially paid), paternity leave (two weeks) and adoption leave (up to 52 weeks, partially paid). The...
  • Promoting lifestyle changes for patients

    As we approach Self-Care Week this November I want to reflect as a GP on this important issue and the associated language used by frontline staff in general practice.
  • A workaround for annualisation

    • 24 Oct 2019
    As a committee we know how much annualisation concerns sessional GPs so I wanted to inform you of a method most sessionals can use to avoid it. We have had confirmation from NHS pensions that any GP who works one or more OOH sessions with a provider who is able to offer the NHS pension with SOLO forms will effectively be removed from annualisation for the year. You will be required to complete a type 2 practitioner...