GP Fed Blog

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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MCP – more change please

Posted: Sunday 19th of February 2017

Suffolk GP Federation recently presented its thoughts on the new Multispeciality Community Provider (MCP) contract at a special healthcare event at the Trinity Park Showground in Ipswich (slides available here). We followed a presentation by Tracey Vell, Chief Executive of Manchester Local Medical Committee (LMC) and Lead for Primary Care...

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Dear Mrs May – an open letter to the Prime Minister

Posted: Thursday 2nd of February 2017

2nd February 2017   As you’ve not doubt read, Prime Minister Theresa May recently called for GP surgeries to be open 8am-8pm, seven-days a week. As an organisation, Suffolk GP Federation has serious concerns about this plan – in particular the implied criticism that the current crisis in our emergency...

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