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.
There's a great way to save admin time at your practice and you've already got everything you need.
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.
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.