Dr Mike Smith, partner at the Maltings Surgery in St Albans reflects on the strange new world of general practice, how GPs have rediscovered a sense of shared purpose and how the Covid-19 crisis has changed the way general practice works faster than a policy initiative ever could. Listen to this week’s podcast here.
Recognising the impact of COVID-19 on practices, and following the letter sent on 19 March setting out changes to the network contract directed enhanced service (DES), NHS England and NHS Improvement has published the network contract DES for 2020/21 alongside a cover note and associated guidance.
The biggest challenge we faced in this week's podcast with Dr Sam Dawlatly was keeping the phone connection. It's probably not the toughest thing he's had to contend with in the last couple of weeks as the Covid-19 epidemic rumbles on. Sam talks about what the crisis might teach us about getting things done in general practice faster and with less interference, about potential gains and losses and the emergence of new GP leaders.
NHS England Covid-19 primary care bulletin NHS England and NHS Improvement publish a frequent bulletin for primary care covering all Covid-19 guidance and information published for general practice, pharmacy, dental and optical. See NHS England website for sign up details.