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Work closer with your mental health team to reduce GP workload

Posted on 31-Aug-2018 09:15:05

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.

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Identify your at risk patients for an early cancer diagnosis

Posted on 21-Aug-2018 20:30:00

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:

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Identify older people living with moderate and severe frailty

Posted on 14-Aug-2018 09:18:00

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.

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3 ways to work faster with appointments

Posted on 12-Aug-2018 19:40:52

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.

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Our 5 favourite apps for GPs and healthcare in the community

Posted on 12-Jul-2018 10:47:10

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.

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Realising the link between big data and individual patient care

Posted on 04-Jul-2018 16:16:08

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:

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Enlighten your patients with diabetes information prescriptions

Posted on 29-Jun-2018 15:27:45

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'. 

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Population health - a proactive strike on the age of NHS pressure

Posted on 23-Jun-2018 07:57:59

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.

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Why shared patient records underpin the new Scottish GMS contract

Posted on 19-Jun-2018 15:36:45

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.

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83 Welsh GP practices choose to move from EMIS Web to Vision

Posted on 12-Jun-2018 13:18:35

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.

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