Policy Watch

RCGP Policy Watch
Friday 25 September

BMA sets out vision for a modernised general practice that meets the needs of patients (BMA)

The BMA’s GP committee launched a new vision for a modernised general practice that meets the expanding needs of patients across England. The report makes recommendations to address challenges undermining the ability of GPs to deliver effective care. The recommendations include: putting NHS general practices at the heart of the community with an expanded multi-disciplinary healthcare team, creating a long term infrastructure fund to invest in GP facilities and improving technology to improve patient care and lessen unnecessary workload, including phasing out paper records.

Gearing up for one of the most fundamental changes in NHS history (NHS England)

Sir Bruce Keogh outlined an emerging strategy for Personalised Medicine in the NHS saying the strategy would entail a move away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the treatment and care of patients. Keogh told NHS England’s Board this was the way to ensure the patient gets the right treatment at the right time, leading to improved outcomes. He explained that the NHS would be working with internal and external stakeholders and recognised experts to develop this strategy and embed it in the NHS.

Norman Lamb's speech to Autumn Conference (Lib Dems)

In his speech to the Lib Dem autumn conference, Norman Lamb called for an upfront fund to link GP practices with the local hospital and the ambulance service. Lamb also called for the need to give patients the right to control their medical records through greater use of technology. Lamb further highlighted Cornwall as an area where local GPs work alongside volunteers to support people and combat loneliness. Lamb called this ‘the model for the future’.

Offer personalised care to support those who need help to live at home (NICE)

NICE guidelines recommended that home care services should support the aspirations, goals and priorities of each person, and that they and their carers are treated with empathy, courtesy and respect. The guidance calls for home care workers to make sure their support focuses on what people can or would like to do rather than a “one size fits all” service. NICE has also suggested that home care visits should last at least half an hour to prevent workers being rushed or compromising dignity to the service user.

Trainees warn imposition of contract threatens future of UK healthcare (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh)

Members of the trainee committees that sit on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainee Doctors Group (ATDG) have written an open letter to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, to express their concerns with proposals to impose a new employment contract on all doctors in training in England in 2016. The group states that the imposition of the contract presents an immediate risk to the provision of healthcare throughout the UK, and an ongoing threat to healthcare for generations to come.

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