The Patient Safety Toolkit plays an important role in preventing patients from being harmed. This toolkit allows your practice to look at different aspects of patient safety with a view to making improvements. It covers the following areas of general practice: safe systems, safety culture, communication, patient reported problems, diagnostic safety, prescribing safety.

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This week colleagues at Dorset STP showed the Guardian around their integrated health services.
They are just one of 44 STPs which will make the NHS sustainable by improving patient care, preventing illness and saving money.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
It is increasingly important for student nurses to be placed in GP practices. 
Practice nurses make up one third (37%) of the clinical workforce in General Practice.
The value of practice nurses as student mentors is well recognised. 
There is a need to meet increased nursing workforce requirements to provide the new vision of care set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View

On 29 November the SW AHSN ran a free workshop – ‘Indemnity – Finding a Solution’led by Dr David Geddes, Head of Primary Care Commissioning, NHS England and Keira Liburd, Assistant Head of Primary Care, Quality and Regulation – Interim, NHS England.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

e-Invoicing through Tradeshift is a new business platform that is designed to make life simpler for organisations and we are working in partnership with them to deliver e-Invoicing for suppliers to our NHS clients.
Tradeshift is free for suppliers to send invoices and credit notes.

The National GP Induction and Refresher scheme will provide the much needed financial and practical support doctors have said they want to help them return to work in the UK.

The NAPC offers an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care to support the delivery of the NHS Five Year Forward View.

The NHS GP Health Service is a confidential NHS service for GPs and GP trainees in England. It can help with many issues including depression, stress or an addiction problem. 
As part of a broader package of support, the General Practice Forward View is committed to improve access to mental health support for general practitioners and trainee GPs who may be suffering from mental ill-health and addiction.

This follows plans announced by NHS England in September 2015 to introduce a new national service specification for an occupational health service, to ensure all GPs and NHS dentists across England have access to a consistent and equitable service.
Following a procurement process, NHS England (South) has appointed Heales Medical Group to provide the new occupational health service to GPs and NHS dentists across the region. Heales Medical is an established provider of occupational health services to both private and public sector organisations.

The General Practice Forward View (GP Forward View), published in April 2016, commits to an extra £2.4 billion a year to support general practice services by 2020/21.
It will improve patient care and access, and invest in new ways of providing primary care.

Updates for Primary Care South West

Along with the Government, and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee we have agreed a new general practice contract for 2017/18.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans: transforming patient care through GP services – Dr Arvind Madan
The purpose of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) is to help ensure health and social care services in England are built around the needs of local populations. In his latest blog, our Director of Primary Care, Dr Arvind Madan, explains how they have the potential to completely transform the care patients receive through GP services.