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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


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.