Our very own Dr Neil Paul, has been speaking with Best Practice on how General Practice has adjusted over the last six months since his return to work since lockdown.
Describing his first experience visiting one of his practices in person since lockdown, he offers an insight as to what he believes the future of General Practice entails.
Read the full story here – https://lnkd.in/dMvizCE
Howbeck Healthcare’s Project Management team recently supported Shropshire and Telford Wrekin Physician Associate internship programme. The programme went live with two intakes on both the 1st April and the 1st June 2020 in conjunction with the Staffordshire PA Internship scheme.
Five Physician Associates (PA) have successfully been recruited and appointed across both primary and secondary to offer the best patient care across the local area. Two PAs are working at The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with their primary care placement at Drayton Medical Practice and Wem & Prees Medical Centre and the remaining 3 PAs working at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust and Teldoc Practices
The five Physician Associates will be working 2.5 days a week in primary care; 2 days in secondary care and 0.5 day for formal teaching provided by our dedicated teaching team: a Senior Clinical Tutor and Senior Physician Associate.
“Our PA is settling in well and will be a popular team member.
She has helped out in the dispensary when we were very thin on the ground during Covid-19 and she helped me ring patients and review the high risk shielding list-so lots of varied tasks. I’m enjoying having her around and so are the team.
She has good personal and communication skills and I believe she will be a great asset in the future”
GP Clinical Supervisor
The programme, jointly supported by HEE and Shropshire CCG, and delivered by Howbeck Healthcares Project Management team will support PAs who are newly qualified/within 1st year post qualification on a 12 month internship.
The Shropshire PA Internship has now supported 7 PAs on the programme. In Staffordshire and Shropshire we are proud to have supported and a total of 33 PAs through the internship programme.
The programme has seen a significantly high PA retention rate after completion of the internship. At the end of the PA’s internship, 86% of practices offer their PAs a permanent full-time position. In addition, the programme has seen several GP practices who have asked for a second PA from the internship programme.
The Staffordshire PA Internship team are now considering next steps for further intakes in 2021 across both Staffordshire and Shropshire
For further information please contact Lucy Minshull – Lucy@howbeckhealthcare.co.uk
Howbeck Healthcare’s Project Management team recently supported the Birmingham & Solihull Physician Associate internship programme. The programme went live on 1st June 2020, delivered through the Birmingham and Solihull Training Hub.
Six Physician Associates (PAs) were successfully recruited and appointed to work across both primary and secondary to offer the best patient care across our local area. The recruitment campaign has been extremely successful with the recruitment campaign attracting a significant proportion of the newly qualified PA workforce, which demonstrates the attractiveness of the joint roles and more so the high quality training and support associated with the internship. In addition, there were a total number of 14 GP practices who expressed an interest for the programme, which ensures that all appointable PAs have been successfully aligned.
The programme, jointly supported by HEE and NHSE, and Howbeck Healthcares Project Management team will support GP practices to host a PA who are newly qualified/within 1st year post qualification for a 12 month internship. The programme is run jointly with Birmingham Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Forward Thinking Birmingham (Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust) along with 5 GP practices.
The six Physician Associates will be working 2.5 days a week in primary care; 2 days in Mental Health in secondary care and 0.5 day for formal teaching provided by Birmingham and Solihull’s dedicated teaching team of a Senior Clinical Tutor and Senior Physician Associate.
As they are one of only a few Physician Associate Internships to offer this structured programme of work, Birmingham and Solihull are being closely observed from various organisations across the country. For further information please contact Lucy Minshull – Lucy@howbeckhealthcare.co.uk
GPs are using the latest digital phone and video technology (GP@Home) from their own homes, helping them address remotely the huge care demands created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Neil Paul, has been trialling GP@Home, and has been ‘really impressed’ with how it can help doctors work more safely in light of the pandemic, and allow home workers to answer the phone as if they were sat in the surgery. “It solves the ‘I don’t want to use my own phone to make hundreds of calls to patients’ problem, which is affecting thousands of practices across the country,” he said. Read more here
Howbeck Healthcare has recently supported one of its Federations, South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance, to pilot a specialist webchat platform which can be used between patients, clinicians and practices to ease the volume of work at the front desk.
Two practices within South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance, Merepark Medical Centre and Ashfields Primary Care Centre, decided that they needed an alternative way for patients to communicate with them to ease pressure on the front desk. They needed a more efficient way to book and manage appointments, and with the help of Refero’s technology a webchat box has been implemented on both practice websites allowing a communication channel between patient and practice.
Howbeck Healthcare is contracted to provide management support to a number of Federations and PCNs etc – Find out more
Howbeck Healthcare is pleased to be working with Vital Signs Solutions in its drive to make blood testing simple, convenient and immediate for everyone.
Dr Neil Paul will be acting in a Clinical Advisory capacity to support Vital Signs with this development with a focus on Primary Care.
We are pleased to announce that NHS Cheshire CCG have appointed Howbeck Healthcare to provide a dedicated DPO Service to its GP Practices across Cheshire.
Our GDPR Team led by our accredited GDPR Practitioner and Data Protection Officer, Tara Moylan have previously provided this service as part of our management support to all practices within the South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance. Following positive feedback we are extremely proud to now provide this service across the whole Cheshire patch.
Dr Neil Paul has created a set of videos which includes reviews, demos and tips for products that he believes will be particularly helpful during the current Covid-19 crisis).
In response to the Covid-19 crisis we have launched our Howbeck How2 online video resource to all GP Practices for free for the next 6 months in an effort to support our clinicians and practices during the current pandemic. Our current content relating to understanding EMIS, EMIS Web and Docman 10 is particularly useful for practices with many staff now working from home, and to support recently retired and former front line staff returning to practice to enable them to quickly get up to speed on the various primary care systems. As this pandemic continues and practices are looking to work together more and more, our bundles on remote consultations will be a helpful resource to support you in this.
This site was originally being developed for release in the Autumn to support Practices and Primary Care Networks in optimising the use of IT systems in General Practice, particularly given the Additional Roles Requirement of the PCN DES.
The content on this site has been produced by our experienced team of clinicians and trained staff in primary care systems, however if you have a video that you would be willing to share on this site for free to support front line staff during this time, please get in touch.
Please share and let all your colleagues know that this resource is available to them.
You can visit our site here https://www.howbeckhow2.co.uk/
Our Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Guardian was scheduled to present at the National Guardian’s Office Regional Conference today. Due to the Covid crisis, it took place via webinar, as it was felt important that GP Practice staff know they are fully supported when it comes to reporting concerns about patient care and the safety of patients and colleagues.
Following the introduction of the Guardian roles in Primary Care in 2017, it struck us that General Practice is unique in how the role can be provided. As small organisations it is not practical for practices to have an individual person, independent of management to represent staff. What is required is a cost effective service deployed with an understanding of the uniqueness and sensitivities of Primary Care.
Howbeck is now delivering a FTSU service to over 100 of our clients inc GP Practices, PCNs and Feds. We support them to embed the appropriate policies and promote the service to make it visible to staff, which is critical for success.
*We are now offering this service to all*
Costs are based on list size with group discounts available for PCNs and Federations
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