Frailty is common in older age, and there are strong links between frailty and the risk of dying. Older people with frailty are weaker and more delicate. They can experience sudden and dramatic changes in their health when they have an illness or injury. Reducing the risk of falls can help people to live at home, in safety, for longer.
Estimates suggest there are more than 380 million GP consultations each year in the UK. For a regular practice that's around 41,000 appointments. Optimising how you book appointments saves time for you and your patients. That means shorter queues at your reception desk, less time on the phone and happier patients.
A recent survey by Deloitte concluded that we're addicted to our phones. We've all seen the smartphone zombies who check in on their friends and take selfies at every opportunity. Let's not forget that our phones can save us time and enrich our professional lives too. There are many apps you can use on the move, seeing patients during your working day.
Yesterday, The Kings Fund hosted an online event about transforming healthcare at scale. The theme was to explore the advantages of a population level approach to healthcare:
It costs the UK £8 billion a year to treat the preventable complications of diabetes. Over 4 million people are living with diabetes in the UK. Better self-management will make an enormous difference to a patient's well being. If these patients can learn how to manage their illness better, they will reduce the strain on GP practices.
When you treat a patient with diabetes, you can issue them an 'information prescription'.
Traditional primary care services are reactive. A patient feels unwell or experiences symptoms that cause them to visit their GP. During the patient consultation, the GP may make a diagnosis, request tests or refer to a specialist. We accept this approach to healthcare, but with the pressures facing the NHS, we should be looking for alternatives.
The new models of care in Scotland introduce collaborative care and multidisciplinary teams. A more extensive range of healthcare professionals will assess and treat patients. For safe and effective care, the whole team must use one set of electronic medical records.
During a recent planned procurement review, 83 GP practices in Wales have chosen to move from EMIS Web to Vision. This extensive system migration will increase Vision's Welsh market share to 73.3 per cent.
The GDPR includes a right for an individual to have personal data erased. How does the new legislation sit alongside NHS data retention guidelines for general practice?
We're heading towards a perfect storm. We're living longer, which means more of us live with at least one long-term condition. We're putting more demand on NHS services, but the NHS is under increasing pressure, and there is a shortage of GPs. The situation is not sustainable. Something has to change, and we must reimagine general practice.