Rank #1: Episode 146: Ross Dyer Smith – online consultations (at-scale)
Ross Dyer Smith is a GP Partner with the Hurley Group, a former Darzi Fellow, an expert in online consultations and developer of the GP eHub. He is also an NHS Digital Academy Fellow. In this podcast he talks about how online consultations work, how potential problems can be avoided and the benefits they deliver to GPs and patients. He also explains how the GP eHub operates and how it facilitates online consultations at-scale.
Rank #2: Episode 145: Ben Gowland – the new GP contract
Something different this week; the tables are turned with Ben Gowland in the hot seat explaining the importance of the new GP contract. Ben, presenter of the General Practice Podcast and Principal Consultant for Ockham Healthcare, explains why the new GP contract is a huge opportunity and gives him optimism for the future. He describes the way that the additional £2.8bn attached to the contract will flow, how primary care networks will be developed and how they will be staffed. He also gives practical advice to practices about what they should be doing now, in preparation for the year ahead.
Rank #3: Episode 144: Matt Aiello – Physician Associates in Primary Care
Matt Aiello is the national programme lead at Health Education England for Urgent and Emergency Care and for Physician Associates. In this episode we focus on the continuing introduction of the Physician Associate role into primary care. Matt explains how the profession is expanding supported by Health Education England, how the role supports general practice, how the recognition and regulation of the profession is being approached and offers some advice for practices wishing to appoint a PA.
Rank #4: Episode 143: Robin Miller – the transformation of primary care
Robin Miller is a Senior Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre of the University of Birmingham. Robin is heavily involved in research into the transformation of primary care. In this episode he shares some of the lessons that have emerged from this research including a study of the Aspiring for Clinical Excellence programme developed by a CCG in Birmingham. He looks at what transformation means, how innovation can be encouraged, how practical is the expectation that transformation will save money and how GPs and CCGs need to change their mind-sets if transformation is going to work.
Rank #5: Episode 142: Marion Lynch and Alan Webb – developing future primary care leaders
In this episode Ben talks to two people behind an innovative initiative to develop the next generation of primary care leaders. The NHS@2030 programme was developed under the auspices of NHS England, the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network and the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy with the intention “…to grow individual confidence, courage and the conviction to transform care, and establish a system of continuous quality improvement for patients and primary care teams alike” In fact, the content of the programme was a co-production with its participants. To hear all about the programme and how this co-production process works, Ben talks to Marion Lynch from NHS England South and former CCG Chief Executive Alan Webb.
Rank #6: Episode 141: John Tacchi – Primary Care Integration in Staffordshire
John Tacchi is the Programme Director for Integration at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, a provider of mental health, social care and learning disability services in the West Midlands. In this episode John talks about his role leading the Trust’s Primary Care Integration Strategy which offers GP practices a range of benefits from full integration into the Trust to the provision of back office functions. John explains how the integration is working and the benefits that the new service driven model and locality working is delivering for GP teams and for the Trust.
Rank #7: Episode 140: Terry Kemple - Sustainable general practice
Terry Kemple was a past president of the RCGP and is now the RCGP’s representative for Sustainability and Climate Change. In this episode he talks to Ben about the Green Impact for Health Toolkit. The Toolkit enables general practices to plan and implement actions they can take to become more sustainable and covers areas such as health and well-being, water use, recycling and procurement. Terry describes the uses of the toolkit, the associated awards scheme and how practices can become involved.
Rank #8: Episode 139: Andrew Sixsmith – a new approach to workforce development
Andy Sixsmith is a GP in West Yorkshire and is involved in workforce development through NHS England and the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WYHP). In this episode Andy also talks to Ben about his recent decision to join a practice in the Modality super-partnership. In terms of workforce development he talks about the challenges currently being faced and the plan put in place by WYHP (including the formation of four Primary Care Training Hubs) and about the early impact that this new approach is having.
Rank #9: Episode 138: Jake Lee - One Care: a large, successful federation in the south west
Jake Lee is GP Medical Director of One Care, a federation of 82 practices in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Formed in 2014 on the back of a bid for the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund they have grown to serve 1 million patients. In this podcast Jake tells Ben the story of that growth, the relationship that has been developed with and across practices, how the federation works and about the many projects they have successfully delivered.
Rank #10: Episode 137: Andrew Boyd – The RCGP partnership with Park Run UK
Andrew Boyd is the RCGP’s Clinical Champion for Physical Activity and Lifestyle. The RCGP has formed a partnership with Park Run UK and has already signed up over 400 practices to the park run initiative. Park Runs are free, weekly 5 kilometre runs (or walks) open to anyone over the age of 4 of any ability. They run in over 750 locations in the UK and have proven a hugely successful way of encouraging physical activity and wellbeing. Andrew explains how the partnership came about, and how practices can become involved. He describes two case-studies of patients who have benefited and explains some of the other initiatives covered by his champion role.