GP Fed Blog

My Christmas wish list

Posted: Tuesday 12th of December 2017

Here it is Merry Christmas Everybody’s having fun Look to the future now Its only just begun Merry  Christmas Everybody   Slade  (1973) 1. Adequate funding for health and social care It is clear that current levels of funding for health and social care services are not enough. Pressures on the...

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Being Honest

Posted: Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

‘If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.’ – Mark Twain   Being open and transparent is part of the GP Federation’s values and culture https://suffolkfed.org.uk/about-us/culture-and-values. As a clinically led organisation we are governed by Good Medical Practice and the NMC Code of Conduct. The Federation demonstrated...

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Being smart – brain tricks for busy GPs

Posted: Tuesday 24th of October 2017

“Free you  mind and the rest will follow” Prince  –  Free your mind   If you’re anything like me you will have become increasingly irritated with the amount of advice that’s thrown around suggesting that GPs should address their workload crisis by working smarter – rather than tackle the real...

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Being Lame

Posted: Friday 15th of September 2017

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin   I am sure I’m not alone in being alarmed by the recent statistics from NHS Digital that 6.3 million British adults aged 40-60 (41% of that category) do not manage ten minutes of brisk continuous walking...

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Who represents members on the Federation?

Posted: Thursday 27th of July 2017

As a companion blog to the previous one, it might be helpful for members to know how they are represented and the affiliations of directors.     Name                                       Fed role  ...

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At scale GP collaboration

Posted: Friday 21st of July 2017

When Suffolk GP Federation was set up, one of our three aims was to support general practice at scale. Five years later it is interesting to note this aim is becoming mainstream. As practice groupings emerge, often in response to the £3 per patient payment from CCGs, questions have been...

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Carry on nurse – tackling the impending crisis in practice nurses

Posted: Monday 19th of June 2017

The problems with recruitment and retention in general practices are well known. Myself and colleagues have been on television, radio and in the paper getting this across to the public, I think with good effect. The numbers of GPs retiring in the next five years is a worry but less...

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ONE high impact action

Posted: Monday 22nd of May 2017

“It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives. It is not the strongest that survives but the species that is able to adapt to and to adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself” Charles Darwin, ‘Origin of Species’   Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)...

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Beauty tips for GPs – how to make our profession more attractive to new staff

Posted: Thursday 6th of April 2017

“Sweetie if you are going to be two faced, at least make one of them pretty.” Marilyn Monroe   The pressures facing general practice are well known and the causes well-rehearsed – decrease in funding, negative publicity of the profession and increasing workload. I remain optimistic that the promise of...

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Setting our goals for 2017/18

Posted: Thursday 6th of April 2017

“The best way to predict your future is to create it” Abraham Lincoln The Federation has recently completed a review of our 2016/17 objectives and set new goals for 2017/18. I thought I’d take this opportunity to comment on our vision for the upcoming financial year.   GPs at scale Several groups have formed...

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