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QDoctor Video Consulting Platform

Howbeck Healthcare has recently met with QDoctor to explore opportunities to work together to support its Federations in the new extended access scheme from October 2018.  QDoctor offers a video consulting platform built by clinicians, interoperable with existing GPSoC IT systems and approved by NHS Digital flexible for practice or hub requirements.

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The RCGP announce endorsement of the Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship

Howbeck Healthcare is extremely proud to announce the Honorary Secretary’s office of the Royal College of General Practitioners have just endorsed the Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is leading the way nationally with our pioneering internship programme which is helping to support general practice and other healthcare providers.  There are nine PAs on the programme with a further eleven to commence over the coming months.

The Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship is the first initiative of its kind to offer structured placements for groups of PAs within primary and secondary care along with a structured teaching programme.


Howbeck Healthcare welcomes the Mercian GP Network to its portfolio of Federations

Howbeck Healthcare is pleased to announce that it will now be supporting the Mercian GP Network, a network of 11 practices located in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

The Network will be supported by Howbeck Healthcare’s dedicated management team, with day to day senior leadership provided by Sarah Laing, who also supports East Staffordshire Primary Care Partnership.

For further information please contact us.


Pilot Clinical Pharmacy Scheme

Howbeck Healthcare worked in partnership with North Staffordshire GP Federation to successfully secure a bid for funding from NHS England to support practices to appoint clinical pharmacists to work in General Practice. In May 2016, four clinical pharmacists have successfully been appointed to work across 5 GP Practices in North Staffordshire. Practices in North Staffordshire who have benefited from the appointment of clinical pharmacists are:

  • Mayfield Surgery
  • Willowbank Surgery
  • Werrington Surgery
  • Harley Street Medical Centre
  • Well Street Medical Centre

This project has helped practices to:

  • Sustain primary care;
  • Increase the medical workforce numbers in primary care;
  • Attract new workforce to the local health economy
  • Add skill mix, with standardised minimum expertise, within primary care;
  • Act in an enabling role, helping to reduce the primary care healthcare team’s workload;
  • Bring new talent to the NHS

Contact us for more information.


GDPR Practice Compliance Support

To take the administrative burden from Practice Managers, South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance has developed a GDPR Practice Compliance Support Package for the Federations that it supports.  This support package includes the following services:

  • To act as Data Protection Officer for GP Practices
  • Production for all practices of policies, processes, procedures and patient information to comply with GDPR, the Data Protection Act 2018 and the new toolkit requirements
  • Completion and submission of new toolkit
  • To provide Practice Manager training
  • Annual GP staff training session
  • To work with practices on GDPR compliance and planning
  • Development of a knowledge base for Practices
  • Management and Reporting of all IG SIRI’s and ICO communication
  • Practice updates

Contact us for more information.


Launch of Dr Neil Paul’s Blog

Dr Neil Paul has officially launched his new blog site which can be found at

In developing this site Dr Neil Paul recognises that he comes across lots of products that have potential to transform the lives of both clinicians and patients, but many struggle to get any publicity, feedback or uptake. He wanted to create a space for users to find out about these products and to connect innovators with early adopters. He also wants to share his thoughts and experiences of primary care IT and encourage innovation.

Included within the site is a directory of companies with solutions for primary care and companies are invited to list their product direct on the site.  To do this please visit


Docman Opportunities Within Primary Care

Dr Neil Paul recently met with Docman to discuss possible collaboration opportunities in primary care.

Docman 10 is the latest version of Docman GP that has been engineered from scratch to provide a cloud based platform delivered through a web browser.  The architecture has been designed specifically to accommodate the new ways of working to deliver primary care at scale.  Whilst there are obvious benefits of moving to the cloud (removal of practice server, no back up requirement, automatic software updates etc), the real benefit is the way it can start to support federated working.  The initial federated use of Docman 10 is the ability for users to be ‘members’ of several practices enabling those with the rights to view information from any agreed practice.  This is critical for new ways of working like GP practice extended hours.

Docman has plans to work with primary care to build on the Docman cloud platform to support other new ways of working that federations are moving towards such as, federated back-office, cross organisational workflows, centralised scanning and filing, centralised coding, cross federation admin resource utilisation and cross federation performance analytics.  Docman is currently looking for development partners to work with to help define how the platform can be extended to address these new ways or working.