GP Fed Blog

Give ’em enough rope – how regulatory bodies are damaging patient care

Posted: Monday 19th of March 2018

I have written before about Suffolk GP Federation’s policy of being open and transparent  regarding significant events and issues that we come across. It’s interesting to note that organisations advising us to be open are less transparent themselves when they make much larger errors (e.g. the recent issue involving all...

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Suffolk GP Fed ultrasound – a small good thing #2

Posted: Monday 26th of February 2018

Good quality is cheap; it’s poor quality that is expensive Joe L Griffiths Suffolk GP Federation is extremely proud of our community ultrasound service. This has grown steadily in size since it started in 2008, now providing 1,000+ scans per month. It was set up in response to concerns from...

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Suffolk Locum Service – a small good thing

Posted: Friday 19th of January 2018

We launched the Suffolk Locum Service towards the end of last year and there has been excellent take up from both practices and locums. Thanks to Dr Nigel Gibbons and Penny Flack, who spent a great deal of time making this work, and also our colleagues at Lantum who provide...

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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 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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