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Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship Programme shortlisted for ‘Primary Care Initiative of the Year’ HSJ award!

We are delighted to announce that the Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship Programme has been shortlisted for ‘Primary Care Initiative of the Year’ for the 2019 HSJ awards.

The Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship Programme is a locally developed internship for Physician Associates (PA) work across primary and secondary care, to determine whether a new model of workforce and skill mix is both sustainable and clinically effective.

This programme was developed to appoint 24 Physician Associates (PAs) offering a 1-year internship working across primary and secondary to offer solutions to the local and national GP workforce issues and to offer the best patient care across Staffordshire.   To date 22 PAs have been recruited over a 15-month timescale.

For more information please visit the Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship Programme page.

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Howbeck Healthcare Welcomes One Wight Health Ltd as a Client

Howbeck Healthcare are providing One Wight Health Ltd (The Isle of Wight GP Federation) with professional advice and support on its future organisational form and structure to ensure it is robust and resilient to provide services to its population.  Members of the team have also provided expert advice to help secure funding to support the recruitment and retention of GPs on the Isle of Wight, drawing on knowledge and experience of implementing initiatives such as Clinical Pharmacists in Primary Care for other Federations.

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Dr Neil Paul writes his last Digital Health column for 2018 on the power of GP Federations

Dr Neil Paul, Director for Howbeck Healthcare and columnist for Digital Health, has written his final 2018 piece for the publication explaining the strengths that can be gained by Practices coming together to form GP Federations.

Within the piece Dr Paul outlines the huge benefits that have come from forming the South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance and the services its member practices can benefit from.

You can read the full article on the Digital Health website.

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Primary Care Wirral

Howbeck Healthcare has recently been commissioned to support Primary Care Wirral in the submission of their response to the Bid Criteria, based on our experience in assisting GP Federations with completing bids and managing the bid submission process.  Experienced bids writers from within the Howbeck Healthcare Team worked to ensure all aspects of Primary Care Wirral’s experience, existing services and plans for the future service were robustly described and included where pertinent to the bid submission.  The process was very much a co-operative one, with communication between Howbeck Healthcare and Primary Care Wirral being key to being able to advise and provide a tailored, detailed submission response.

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SELDOC Doctors Cooperative appoint Howbeck Healthcare as its Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

Earlier in the year, Howbeck Healthcare was commissioned to undertake an independent Whistleblowing investigation at SELDOC Doctors Cooperative Out of Hours Provider in South East London.  SELDOC has recently published the full report and subsequent action plan on its website.Subsequently, Howbeck has been commissioned to undertake the role of their Freedom to Speak Up Guardian for a three month period.

You can find further information on our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Service on our website page.

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C7 Health Providing Software and Services for the Health Sector

C7 HealthHowbeck Healthcare has recently met with the Chief Executive of C7 Health who provide software and services for the health sector.  Their vision is to support professionals by providing technology solutions to transform the end to end service and patient experience.  More information about C7 Health can be found here  http://www.c7health.co.uk

 

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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.

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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.

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Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship

Howbeck Healthcare is extremely proud to be providing the project management support for the Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship initiated and developed within the North Staffordshire GP Federation.  This locally developed internship for Physician Associates (PA) works across primary and secondary care, to determine whether a new model of workforce and skill mix is both sustainable and clinically effective.

This programme was developed to appoint 12 Physician Associates (PAs) offering a 1-year internship working across primary and secondary to offer solutions to the local and national GP workforce issues and to offer the best patient care across Staffordshire.

As one of the first Physician Associate Internships to offer this structured programme of work, this is being closely observed and informing national workforce planning for roll out nationally.  We are extremely proud that the RCGP are in the process of endorsing the Staffordshire Physician Associate Programme.

Contact us for more information.