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Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management

There are still some places left for February 2019 intake for the NAPC's Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management. Some bursaries are available, as much as 50% off.

The diploma is designed for practice and business managers who are becoming responsible for running primary care at scale, for example, as a 'primary care home' or other primary care network. For more information please click here.

Quote from the National Association of Primary Care:

'Primary care home' is an approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care. Developed by the NAPC, the model brings together a range of health and social care professionals to work together to provide enhanced personalised and preventative care for their local community. Staff come together as a complete care community (drawn from GP surgeries, community, mental health and acute trusts, social care and the voluntary sector) to focus on local population needs and provide care closer to patients' homes. Primary care home shares some of the features of the multispecialty community provider (MCP); its focus is on a smaller population enabling primary care transformation to happen at a fast pace, either on its own or as a foundation for larger models.

Practice Managerís Manual

We have mentioned before that the Practice Index Weekly now has a 'Practice Index Plus' version which you have to subscribe to.  Just published on that Plus site is the Practice Manager's Manual 2018:

"126 pages on everything you need to know as a GP practice manager. Written by three highly skilled and long-serving PMs. 23 new sections added and 10 sections updated since 2017. The 'must-have' document for all GP practice managers!" 

You may consider that your practice should consider this subscription as an investment, especially if relatively new in post.

University of Worcester Medical School

A while ago we advertised the possibility of arranging places for students from a new medical school at the University of Worcester. The University's application last year to start such a school failed, but the University is re-applying this year with every chance of success.  The emphasis will be on training GPs and psychiatrists, 100 places at a time.  The first year of entrance, if accepted, will be in 2021.  We hope that all those practices who expressed an interest in hosting those students will by then still feel the same way.  Note that this is not to cut out any students from Bristol or elsewhere; they too are important sources of future GPs.

Coroners' Court updates

MCCDs.  The existing rules issuing an MCCD outside of the statutory 14 days without recourse to the Coroner have been clarified. 

"If the attending doctor has not seen the patient within the 14 days preceding death AND has not been treating that patient, AND has not seen the body after death, that GP must contact the Coroner's office for the provision of a Form 100a.

However, if the GP has not seen the patient within the preceding 14 days, BUT has been treating the patient recently ('recently' is not defined) and has, or is going to see the body after death, then that GP can issue the MCCD albeit that the 14 days rule has been exceeded.

The proviso is therefore twofold;

  • Outside of the statutory 14 days the reporting GP MUST have been treating the patient at some point recently (recently is not specified and will assume a common-sense approach) and,
  • MUST have seen the body after death or be going to see it after death.

If the GP is not likely to see the body after death then the MCCD cannot be completed by the GP without recourse to the Coronerís Office for a Form 100a"

Communications.  GPs, medical secretaries and reception staff should use this address ( if needing to send anything to the Coronerís Office or, if requested by the Coroner to supply a medical summary for a deceased person who has to undergo a post mortem examination.  Also the Coroner's Officers will always be happy to receive phone calls from GPs.

Visits.  Court appearances can be daunting.  GPs would always be welcome to attend a hearing at the Coroner's Court; it would ease apprehensions and, once reflected on, would be a valid addition to an annual appraisal portfolio.

Returning Doctors Scheme

The Targeted Investment in Recruiting Returning Doctors Scheme is a pilot which tests the offer of support and resources in a small number of GP practices which can evidence that they have historically encountered difficulty in recruiting GPs. The scheme offers relocation allowances and education bursaries to GPs who choose to move to those practices, and recruitment and marketing support for practices to promote their posts.
NHS England's local teams will engage directly with, and invite, local practices to apply. Practices must be able to demonstrate that despite frequent attempts they have been unable to recruit and have held vacant GP posts for a minimum of 12 months.  
The scheme is part of NHS England's commitment, set out in its General Practice Forward View, to recruit more doctors and target those areas where there are the most severe shortages.  You can read more about the scheme on the NHS England website:



"If you've considered taking on an apprentice, The National Skills Academy for Health Apprenticeship Training Agency can offer help and support. We employ the apprentice on your behalf, taking on all of the HR and performance management responsibilities, so you can benefit from productive new talent in your team without risk or additional administration.
Organisations of all sizes benefit from apprenticeships.  Studies found apprentice employers reporting the following benefits:

  • Greater productivity - 81% of apprentice employers say they make their businesses more productive. 
  • Increased employee satisfaction - 88% of apprentice employers believe they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce, leading to greater loyalty and quality.
  • Attractive to customers - 81% of consumers favour companies that employ apprentices.  
  • Reduced staff turnover - 80% of employers feel that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.
  • Lower recruitment costs - 75% of apprentice employers say the programme has helped cut recruitment costs. 80% say that apprenticeships will play a bigger part in their future recruitment policy.

Our coordinators will show you how the ATA model can help your practice and support you through the process. We will investigate funding opportunities to help you support apprenticeships and to enable you to grow your workforce. Get in touch with your regional Excellence Centre Coordinator today to discover more:  Carole Hewitt, on 07796 184258 or"

Menopause Theory Course 12/13 Nov


Dr Sarah Gray is a GP from Cornwall who has a national profile in Women's Health. She will be running a Menopause Theory Course in Bristol on 12th and 13th November.

She has been running these courses - which are fully FSRH accredited - for 10 years. This course has been planned for months but there are still spaces available. The relevance is that there will be guidance from NICE about diagnosis and management of menopause to be released on or about the same date. This will change the advice that is often given. NICE publication has been delayed and we had hoped to be following up rather than be at the launch.

Primary care is likely to take the brunt of the patient interest that will be stirred up by the publicity.

The flyer can be accessed at





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