High-quality electronic records contain complete and accurate information about each patient's health. When your data is correct, you can rely on it and make clinical decisions with confidence. However, missing, inaccurate or non-standard information can lead to inconsistent care.
The goal of social prescribing is to improve patients' health by providing them with a non-clinical intervention. Social prescribing aims to de-medicalise health conditions and support patients to take more control of their own health. It aims to treat patients - not illness.
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is a paper-free process for giving patients their medication. Today, 93.1 per cent of practices and 98.7 per cent of pharmacies in England are live with EPS.
The GP Forward View describes an expanding general practice workforce that includes 1,500 more clinical pharmacists. Every practice in England will have access to a clinical pharmacist.
In October 2016, a set of requirements for extended access was published. This was in response to the government's mandate to NHS England: "To ensure everyone has easier and more convenient access to GP services, including appointments at evenings and weekends."
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People in the UK are living with chronic illnesses but not getting appropriate treatment. Without intervention, patients face worsening health with irreversible damage. For some, the outcome will be worse than this. No one is to blame for these undiagnosed conditions. The NHS is not at fault. So what is the problem, and what can you do about it?
A departmentalised and fragmented health service is inefficient. Information flows are weak and the patient experience suffers. Collaborative care (also known as integrated care and shared care) is a trend in healthcare reform. It can improve care in terms of quality, efficiency and the patient experience.
The number of patients needing help with their mental health is increasing. Closer working with mental health teams can reduce the pressure on GPs, and sharing medical records and diaries can make it easy to integrate these services.
Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. An early cancer diagnosis is more likely to lead to a successful outcome. If a tumour gets too large or spreads to other areas of the body, it is more difficult to treat. Cancer Research UK say that diagnosis at the earliest stage helps: