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Practices to receive extra £12 per patient to open longer and improve cancer care

Exclusive GPs in one area of England are set to receive an extra £12.70 per patient to deliver seven-day access and improve cancer outcomes from July.

NHS Stockport CCG has also committed to providing each practice with a 4G-enabled computer tablet to help with home visits.

The CCG has agreed to give every practice in the area £6.30 per patient – a total of £1.9m across 300,000 patients – to deliver the 'Greater Manchester primary care standards', with £1.5m coming from NHS England's funding to transform healthcare.

The ten standards include improving access to general practice and improving health outcomes for patients with cancer and mental illness. 

On top of this, the CCG is also planning to give £6.40 per patient to the local GP federation, Viaduct Health, which covers all 44 practices in Stockport, to provide seven-day services and work at scale. 

The investment comes ahead of a further £6 per head promised to CCGs in 2019 to improve access to general practice.

According to the CCG, the funding is part of a larger multi-million pound investment in the federation, which has yet to be finalised, to develop ‘collaborative general practice’ that will see GPs working across 'neighbourhoods' of 30,000-50,000 patients. 

Dr Alexander Eaton, interim chief executive of Viaduct Health, said: 'It's a fantastic investment into general practice. It will help to improve resilience and enhance the excellent service already provided to patients by the practices. It provides the opportunity for innovation and also closer working with colleagues in adult social care, third sector, mental health and secondary care.' 

He added that the federation will be working closely with these other sectors to find 'the best way to use the funds to provide general practice at scale'.

Pulse reported in March that NHS England will fund practices to form super practices or federations with 30,000-50,000 patients so that by 2019 all practices will have formed collaborative 'local care networks'.

Dr Ranjit Gill, clinical chair for NHS Stockport CCG, also told Pulse that each practice will soon be given computer tablets loaded with the EMIS system to use for home visits so GPs can ‘share clinical record information across the Stockport health system’.

Dr Gill said the extra funding will help GPs ‘manage in an environment where workload is rising’, adding that practices have said the extra funding ‘is really welcome’. 

He said: ‘Until now our resource for general practice has been shrinking and our aim is to help stabilise general practice with funding and help them manage their workload more safely.’

But he added that there is 'a long way to go to redress the decade long disinvestment that has taken place'.

Readers' comments (11)

  • Cobblers

    "It's a fantastic investment into general practice." Usual boot licker quote.

    Oh no it bloody isn't. Usual hoops and 'standards' none of which are within our remit. No doubt failure to meet even one of those standards will lead to the money not being paid or being repaid.

    Then the other bit of 7 day working and work at scale, none of which will increase the number of GPs and people seen. Unproven political rubbish.

    And as for the 4G tablet, it's the icing on the crappy cake. Seriously? Handy but not earth shattering.

    Now if you had said £12.70 into the Global Sum and we are looking to reduce pressure on the FIVE day week then I might raise a rictus. Just.

    That we celebrate this means we are truly screwed.

    Oooh I feel better for that. Have a restful Bank Holiday peeps.

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  • X.Ray

    They just dont get it. Another GP sucked into CCG/NHSE waffle. Core services needs extra money not fluffy Tory manifesto dross. How is this money and an iPad going to improve secondary cares cash starved inability to timely treat cancers?

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  • lucky GPs getting 4G tablets connected to a clinical system.

    wonder if their indemity will be increased by the inevitible GMC proceddings/public humiliation for data protection when these are stolen

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  • ps you know you have to risk assess situations clinical systems are used in dont you?

    (i used to be the CCG caldicott guardian in a different life)

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  • Jeremy Hunt likes computers so much his middle name is iMac .

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  • Bob Hodges

    They're still flogging the dead donkey that is routine access on Sundays I see.

    What is OOH for again?

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  • there no point in trying to change it.
    stop working tirelessly for a system that not only dosent value you but actually hates you. work for an hourly rate

    you will never ever convince people like this, its not even worth trying. but they still have to pay the market rate for my services ( or whatever rate i feel i can get away with). i dont believe in personal austerity in this recruitment crisis.

    cynical? moi?

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  • Peanuts,at £130 per patient for 8 tip 6.30 for 5 days at the moment(£130 generous payment). 8 oil 8 seven days a week should be at the very least an extra £70-80 per patient and this doesn't factor in the unsocial hours we will have to pay to our staff or the extra indemnity.Throwing peanuts to monkeys comes to mind.From me its a great big NO,NO and NO.

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  • they need high profile gp locally to be the lead of this money under tha care of some high profile pct manager, then retired lay man from pct,
    computer software, PA, PA for PA, SENIOR Pa, junior sec to ex secatories
    office, cars, personal laptops, audit manager, meetings to teach staff how to claim this money and to use it, then adding some other extra responsibilities, then getting data extraction IT manager.

    Then deciding to pay all this money to federation. Happy golf day

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  • Sam Izdat - great comment

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