Department of Health and Social Care has announced that same-day pharmacy consultations will now be offered to patients with minor issues. The new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service will offer local pharmacy appointments to anyone calling NHS 111 about the minor conditions such as earache or a sore throat. If testing is successful, GPs and A&E
NHS England has announced the recruitment of 300 more family doctors and thousands more nurses, pharmacists and other staff to “work alongside GPs delivering better care in the community.” The recruitment drive has led to 7,302 more full time equivalent health professionals working in primary care than three years ago, according to new NHS Digital figures.
BMJ has released a new clinical practice guideline for evaluating benefits and harms of thyroid hormones for adults with subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH), triggered by a recent systematic review of randomised controlled trials, which could lead to a change in current procedure. The guideline states that thyroid hormones should not be routinely offered to adults with SCH
NHS England has announced that its Time for Care programme has freed up more than half a million hours of time for patients in the last year. The innovative programme involved surgeries across the country to adopt new ways of working like letting patients book appointments sooner, cutting paperwork and offering faster access to different
A report created by The King’s Fund think-tank claims that in the next five years nurse shortages will double and GP gaps could potentially nearly triple to 7,000. The analysis, in partnership with Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation, also found that as many as 62% of GPs now take early retirement, up from 33%
A new scheme has been adopted by Lancaster University to embed physical activity into the training for medical students which has been showcased at a national and international level. Lancaster Medical School was the first school in the UK to fully adopt the involvement of Movement For Movement physical activity resources into the undergraduate programme
NHS England is now targeting Australia in order to increase GP numbers. The group aims to target GPs who left the UK for Australia and are looking to return home, as well as GPs from Australia who want the opportunity to work in their field in Britain. The international recruitment drive, which is designed to
On the day the news broke that over a million patients have had to move GP surgery in the last five years due to closures, NHS England has stated that it will release £10 million in funds to try to retain more GPs within the service. £7 million of the funding will go directly into
A study conducted by the Queen Mary University of London has found that the rise in accident and emergency attendances is being driven by long-term health conditions as opposed to the lack of GP provision. The team of researchers analysed data from nearly 820,000 GP registered patients across 136 practices in East London, and found
Report by The Patient Association in association with Danish pharmaceutical company, LEO Pharma, has highlighted a significant gap between training and support available for primary care and needs of those living with psoriasis in the UK and Ireland.