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Support for GP Practices – General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Practice Managers across the Federations that we support have requested assistance in ensuring they are prepared for the new General Data Protection Regulations which come into force on the 25th May 2018.  Howbeck Healthcare has responded and will shortly be launching its bespoke ‘GDPR package of support’ for GP practices.

The package of support will include the provision of a Data Protection Officer, all policies and procedures required to support in compliance along with training and support for Practice Managers. Additional support will also be included with assistance in the completion and uploading of evidence for the new Information Governance Toolkit.

For further information please contact us.


Howbeck Healthcare partners with Lantum to setup primary care access Hubs

Howbeck Healthcare has already successfully implemented 8 primary care access Hubs across the Federations it supports including South Cheshire and Vale Royal, North Staffordshire and more recently in East Staffordshire. Howbeck is now partnering with Lantum (previously known as Network Locum) as its preferred rota platform to further propel the rigorous project management and primary care expertise when it comes to setting up primary care access Hubs.

For further information please contact us.


iPlato Update

Dr Neil Paul of Howbeck Healthcare Ltd recently met with iPlato to hear about the ongoing development within iPlato.  The meeting covered their Roadmap and upcoming development works which include:

  • Patient submitted data being recorded in the care record
  • Refresh of iPlato SMS software
  • Video Consultation
  • Online Consultation / triage
  • myGP App developments including proxy access

Most practices in the SCVR GP Federation use iPlato’s 2 way SMS functionality and we have been trying to see how we can use this to gain QOF points. We are discussing promoting iPlato as the main app to access the GP record with.


Elemental Software – Social Prescribing Platform

Howbeck Met with Elemental Software who have created a social prescribing platform that makes it easier for social prescribing projects to monitor, track and support patients from the point of referral. This includes a patient portal, so they can keep track of the activities they are singed up to. We are investigating whether this works with our local preferred service called Alternative Solutions from Pathways CIC

Elemental Software are working with several social prescribing projects across the UK, view a range of their projects.

Their social prescribing platform has a number of features:

  • Health risk analysis: Helping patients to better understand their health risk and track their health risk status using validated monitoring tools.
  • Social Prescription Generator: Referring patients to a range of quality assured community based lifestyle interventions.
  • Attendance Tracker: Facilitates, tracks and measures attendance rates of patients across multiple community based lifestyle intervention providers.
  • Calendar System: Generates bookings with providers integrated with the patient’s personal calendar.
  • Health Impact Measurement: Tracks the patient’s health and wellbeing improvement journey in real time in line with their identified health risks.
  • Enhanced Directory of Services: Enables accredited providers to create and edit a database of venues, programmes and allocate appropriate facilitators.
  • Aggregate Reports: Provides accurate epidemiological information to facilitate greater reporting between Government departments, local authorities, private and community and voluntary organisations to benefit entire communities.

If you would like more information about Elemental Software please get in touch or visit the website.

View further information in relation to the Platform features.


Working at Scale Event

Mike Pyrah, Director of Howbeck Healthcare presented at the General Practice Working at Scale Event held on Thursday 7th December 2017 hosted by North Staffordshire Local Medical Committee and North Staffordshire GP Federation.  The event was well attended by GPs and Practice Managers from across Northern Staffordshire who were keen to hear of the approaches taken in other areas to tackle working at scale, as well as the plans for working at scale across their own Federation following a successful bid to secure funding for this project.  A range of ideas were presented focussing on services, back office functions and quality and the aim now is to work with practices to help them to identify and prioritise what they need and support them to make this a reality.

Working at Scale Event – Agenda
Working at Scale Event – Key Speakers


Howbeck Healthcare Presents at East Staffordshire Primary Care Partnership’s first Annual General Meeting

On the 30th November 2017, Howbeck Healthcare presented to the practices of East Staffordshire Primary Care Partnership on a range of innovative ideas to further support the Partnership in its development as a Federation.  One of its newest Federations, Howbeck Healthcare has provided management expertise to East Staffordshire Primary Care Partnership since April 2017.

Presentations focussed on the implementation of the Primary Care Hubs, soon to be up and running in Uttoxeter and Burton; a local model for working at scale to support practices in sustainability in the future and ideas and projects for East Staffordshire to think about when planning and prioritising their Federation needs for the future.

Presentations from the evening are attached, if you would like further information please contact us.

AGM Presentation
ESPCP Primary Care Access Hub Presentation
ESPCP AGM 17 Working at Scale


Working at Scale

Howbeck Healthcare is currently working with its Federations across East Staffordshire Primary Care Partnership, North Staffordshire GP Federation and South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance on developing its ‘Working at Scale’ project, taking on board views and comments of local practices of what’s important.  The ‘Working at Scale’ project will look at how general practice can collaborate as groups of practices, to manage the demands of a growing and older population, without losing the benefits of small practices.  There are several models for how practices can work together.  We will be working with our Federations over the next few months to look at formal and informal collaborations for back office functions, clinical services, workforce and quality improvement.

We will work to identify opportunities and ways in which working together can tackle workload and recruitment problems for some practices, support others with delivering more care in the community, bring in more income streams to general practice and help sustain general practice for the future.  We are developing options for work that can be done across practices to support practice managers and GPs, in the short term, whilst we continue to work with practices on plans as a Federation for the long term, the main focus being supporting practices with what’s important to them.



Howbeck Healthcare will shortly be meeting with the company Medelinked.  Medelinked is a secure mobile and online health platform that empowers you to take control of your health, from building your health profile to discovering, connecting to and sharing your health and wellness information with your trusted healthcare providers.

With the recognised need for a radical change in the delivery of healthcare across the NHS, Medelinked also supports NHS health professionals to deliver transformational care that can be easily sustained, reducing pressures across the traditional health ecosystem.  Utilising technology that is coordinated around what people need and want, through the integration of wearable technologies, will help to embrace the uptake and pave the way for future generations of millions of children to want to be part of the healthcare revolution.

Currently supporting three GP Federations with over 100+ GP Practices, Howbeck Healthcare is interested in exploring the benefits for patients and healthcare professionals within primary care.


Dr Neil Paul speaking at NHS England’s C&M Releasing Capacity in General Practice Showcase Event

Dr Neil Paul is one of the keynote speakers at NHS England’s Cheshire & Merseyside Releasing Capacity in General Practice Showcase Event.

He will be talking about some of the Schemes that Howbeck Healthcare help their client Federations deliver and the benefits this has to the practices they work with.

Howbeck Healthcare’s model is not for profit GP federations – working in localities – to deliver local change at a scale of 30-50K (patients), GP federations working at a level of 100-250K and groups of federations working at the 1M level.

Utilising local people, but bringing in expertise as needed.

Howbeck Healthcare has a long list of projects and ideas that we have already developed that localities and federations can choose from or we can help them create new ones.

Dr Neil Paul’s Presentation from the event


Dr Neil Paul invited to speak at the EHI Live Conference 2017

Dr Neil Paul, Director of Howbeck Healthcare and GP Partner at Ashfields Surgery, Sandbach has been invited to speak at this year’s EHI Live Conference on the 1st November 2017 in Birmingham.  Dr Paul will be speaking on ‘Meeting the needs of GP Federations and Accountable Care Systems’.  The full programme can be viewed here:

Dr Neil Paul’s Presentation from EHI live 2017