• ‘It took a crisis to give us the kind of networks we wanted’

    2 April 2020

    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.

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  • Network contract DES for 2020/21

    1 April 2020

    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.

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  • Crisis communications: looking for silver linings

    26 March 2020

    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.

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  • Useful resources

    25 March 2020

    YouTube playlist of Covid-19 videos

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  • Guidance

    25 March 2020

    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.

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