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Summary of changes to the GP contract 2021/22

Summary of changes to the GP contract 2021/22

The BMA and NHS England have agreed minor changes to the GP contract for 2021/22....

How a pandemic changed the face of general practice

How a pandemic changed the face of general practice

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced huge changes in the way general practice operates....

Viewpoint: Would you have the vaccine, doctor?

Viewpoint: Would you have the vaccine, doctor?

Dr Rick Brown reflects on the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine at the end of what’s...

Viewpoint: How smart speakers can help support socially isolated patients

Viewpoint: How smart speakers can help support socially isolated patients

Dr Ruth Chambers, Paul Beaney and Alex Rowley explain how smart speakers can help...

What do we know about the new COVID-19 variant?

What do we know about the new COVID-19 variant?

The government has confirmed that a new variant of the COVID-19 virus is behind the...

Viewpoint: How our PCN gave 940 COVID-19 vaccines in one day

Viewpoint: How our PCN gave 940 COVID-19 vaccines in one day

Cheshire GP Dr Jonathan Griffiths' PCN was one of the first sites to deliver COVID-19...

How will the COVID-19 vaccination programme get underway?

How will the COVID-19 vaccination programme get underway?

Following the MHRA's approval of Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 jab the government has...

Which COVID-19 vaccines are lined up for roll-out on the NHS?

Which COVID-19 vaccines are lined up for roll-out on the NHS?

As GPs and their teams prepare for delivering a COVID-19 vaccination programme that...

Viewpoint: Can PCNs overcome the challenges facing rural primary care?

Viewpoint: Can PCNs overcome the challenges facing rural primary care?

GPs in rural settings have faced unique challenges introducing primary care networks....

Viewpoint: Test and trace isn't working - could GPs do it better?

Viewpoint: Test and trace isn't working - could GPs do it better?

The outsourced test and trace system isn't working, says Dr Simon Hodes. It's time...

Viewpoint: GPs will be there for patients this winter, but at what cost?

Viewpoint: GPs will be there for patients this winter, but at what cost?

Rising to new challenges is in GPs' DNA and the profession has not let patients down...

GP training: Working remotely as a GP trainee during the pandemic

GP training: Working remotely as a GP trainee during the pandemic

Dr Zoe Brown was in her first year of GP training and pregnant as lockdown began....

Map: Three-fold variation in GP practice list size between CCGs

Map: Three-fold variation in GP practice list size between CCGs

The list size of GP practices across England has grown rapidly over the past decade...

How have GP practices fared under CQC inspections?

How have GP practices fared under CQC inspections?

The latest annual report from the CQC sets out ratings for all of the sectors it...

Viewpoint: How NHS England can give the ARRS a much-needed kick

Viewpoint: How NHS England can give the ARRS a much-needed kick

Millions of pounds in funding available to PCNs through the additional roles reimbursement...

Social prescribers can make a huge difference to the NHS and society as a whole

Social prescribers can make a huge difference to the NHS and society as a whole

On Social Prescribing Link Workers Day, Christiana Melam chief executive of the National...

Viewpoint: Bullying is a silent epidemic within the NHS

Viewpoint: Bullying is a silent epidemic within the NHS

There is a lack of training in general practice around understanding bullying, says...

Viewpoint: Open letter to NHS England on face-to-face GP consultations

Viewpoint: Open letter to NHS England on face-to-face GP consultations

In an open letter, north London GP Dr Shahnaz Camatchee responds to NHS England's...

Viewpoint: Why remote consultations could strengthen the GP-patient relationship

Viewpoint: Why remote consultations could strengthen the GP-patient relationship

Telephone, online and video consultations can still enable GPs to have strong relationships...

Viewpoint: GP training in the time of COVID-19

Viewpoint: GP training in the time of COVID-19

Dr Zoe Brown offers a personal view of how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the second...

Which parts of England have the most patients per GP?

Which parts of England have the most patients per GP?

GPs in parts of England are managing nearly twice as many patients on average as...

Viewpoint: PCNs can be at the forefront of tackling health inequalities

Viewpoint: PCNs can be at the forefront of tackling health inequalities

Dr Mark Spencer explains how the COVID-19 pandemic helped his primary care network...

Should remote consultations be the default after COVID-19?

Should remote consultations be the default after COVID-19?

Health secretary Matt Hancock has suggested that general practice should follow a...

Viewpoint: Protecting the mental health of the NHS workforce during COVID-19

Viewpoint: Protecting the mental health of the NHS workforce during COVID-19

Dr Ian Wood highlights how digital technology, and apps in particular, could help...

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