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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.


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.


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



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.


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.

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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

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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