Consequences of rushed change in general practice

October 12th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

In this latest blog, management consultant Scott McKenzie examines the consequences of rushing into change in general practice and pushing through the process without undue care.  I read with interest an interview with Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of RCGP Council, where she was reflecting on her second year in the role. The full interview can be found here and is well worth a read. Scott Mckenzie Independent Management Consultant From my own work I am finding it far more common these days [...]

When Federation outcomes are not as you envisaged

October 2nd, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

In his latest guest blog, management consultant Scott McKenzie examines what it takes to become a successful federation and what you need to do, if after a time, you are not progressing as planned. Whether newly set up or long established, if your federation hasn’t fully realised the benefits of federated working, it’s never too late to get back to basics around why you formed and build a viable, sustainable and resilient GP federation. Scott Mckenzie Independent Management Consultant Joint vision When [...]

Pharmacists are your medicines’ expert

September 24th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

In her latest guest blog, Lyndsey Stanley, Clinical Pharmacist, celebrates World Pharmacists' Day on 25th September 2018, a global annual event designed to promote the pharmacists’ role in improving health. The theme for this year’s event is, ‘Pharmacists are your medicines’ expert’. In this article we look back at the history of pharmacy and examine the evolution of pharmacy in the primary care sector. Pharmacy in Britain takes its roots from the old spice traders whose goods included crude medicines and who evolved into Apothecaries in the thirteenth [...]

Does bigger equal better when it comes to General Practice?

September 13th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

In his third guest blog, management consultant Scott McKenzie examines the potential reasons for forming a larger hub or GP federation before you make the change and the importance of the leadership role in making the at scale model deliver the benefits you envisaged. The short answer to the question in the title is no. It is not guaranteed that merging, forming a hub of 30,000 to 50,000 patients or developing a GP federation will equal better. Scott Mckenzie Independent Management Consultant “Five [...]

New Care Models – rules for GP engagement

September 6th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

In his second blog for us , independent management consultant Scott McKenzie looks into the questions around new models of care: Following on from my last blog on New Models of Care, I was asked if I could share the 6 questions I use to engage General Practice, and if I had examples of this in action. Scott Mckenzie Independent Management Consultant Six questions For those leading the development of New Models of Care you need to stop and take time to ask: [...]

Stress in the NHS is here to stay – a strategy for coping

September 5th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

Whilst there are very few reports about the prevalence of mental ill health within the NHS, we do know that doctors, nurses and many others in the healthcare profession face mental health risk factors, both occupational and individual. Specialist services developed specifically for interventions for doctors with mental health problems tend to show promising results, but lack of anonymity prevents many from seeking the help they need. A very recent paper published in JAMA Intern Med. said: This meta-analysis provides evidence that physician burnout may jeopardise patient care; reversal [...]

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