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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


Releasing Capacity in General Practice – Cheshire & Merseyside Showcase Event

Dr Neil Paul and Mike Pyrah have been invited to speak at the NHS England Cheshire and Merseyside Showcase Event entitled ‘Releasing Capacity in General Practice’ on the 9th November 2017 in Chester.

Open to General Practitioners, Practice Managers and other key stakeholders involved in delivering change, this showcase event will be led by Dr Robert Varnam, Director of General Practice Development, NHS England.  It is a highly engaging full day workshop enabling attendees to explore the 10 High Impact Actions, ask their own questions about implementation and start making plans for their own change programme enabling the sharing of practical ideas to release time for care.  Attendees will hear about how practices around England are freeing up time and developing, enabling them to explore the practicalities of making changes themselves and consider together how they want to sustain and improve care in collaboration.

Further information can be found on the event page.


Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

Howbeck Healthcare has launched a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Role which has been commissioned by three Federations across North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal and East Staffordshire.  Over 100 GP practices have signed up to receive this service initially up to the 31st March 2018.  Tina Cookson has commenced in the role of Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, supported by a small team, and will support practices in ensuring the appropriate policies and processes are in place to ensure compliance with the NHS England and CQC requirements.

Tina worked in the NHS for over 34 years; 13 at an Executive Director level and has worked with Howbeck Healthcare since April 2016. Tina is a Registered Nurse and has received training in Freedom to Speak Up / Whistleblowing.


NHS England Resilience Bid Success!

Howbeck Healthcare has supported its three GP Federations across North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal and East Staffordshire to secure a total of £90,000 funding from NHS England from the General Practice Forward View 2017/18 Resilience Programme.  Prioritisation for the funding was based on nationally published criteria to support the most fragile practices and will be used to support resilience in primary care.


AccuRx present at one of our clients communities

AccuRx the innovative prescribing software presented their tool in middlewich to 7 of our local practices who are going to be early adopters of it. Feedback was it looks great, easy to use and helpful.


Meeting with Technomed

We met with the senior team at Technomed to understand their current ECG on demand service and how it might help our federations and to give them feedback on services/assistance that practices/federations might be looking for in the future.


Dr Neil Paul wins the 36th BCS John Perry Prize

Dr Neil Paul has won the prestigious John Perry Prize given by the PHSCG of the British Computer Society for his work on helping develop the Apex BI tool for primary care.