When 87 practices get together to work at a truly mammoth scale, what benefits can accrue? How does communication work and what problems can occur? Ben talks to John Tacchi, CEO of Birmingham Integrated General Practice (BIG Practice) and finds out whether BIG is beautiful.
Can fundamental change in General Practice be achieved by changing the contracting model? Will the use of other professionals achieve major efficiencies? Reform the public sector think tank believe so and have published “Who Cares; The Future of General Practice” to set out their “blue print for best practice”. In this bonus edition of our podcast, Ben Gowland talks to Alex Hitchcock, one of the report’s authors.
Digital health technologies could dramatically change the relationships between clinicians and patients and support the shift towards prevention. Ben interviews Maneesh Juneja, internationally lauded expert in digital health to determine whether the advent of this brave new world is a promise or a threat.
Can technology help GPs better manage on-the-day demand? Ben talks to Harry Longman, founder and Chief Executive of GP Access, about how telephone consulting and online algorithms can dramatically support practices in reducing the pressures of seemingly uncontrollable demand.
How can commissioners support the development of General Practice? Ben talks to Dr Isobel Hodkinson the principal clinical lead at Tower Hamlets CCG about their 15 year journey of transformation through network working to a borough-wide GP provider group.