This week we talk to Exmouth GP Jim Forrer. As well as chairing a GP federation, Jim is part of the NHS Clinical Entrepreneurship programme and has a passion for new technologies. He talks to Ben about the fourteen technological projects currently taking place in his federation and, more generally, about the ways technology can support general practice and whether technology will ever replace GPs. And then he tells some cheese jokes…
Dr Nav Chana is a GP and Chair of the National Association of Primary Care and, in this episode, he describes the Primary Care Home initiative from its origins and the drivers for its development, through its rapid growth to the impact being made on patient care and team morale. Nav outlines the four essential characteristics of a Primary Care Home and summarises the lessons learned so far.
This week we have the second episode in our short season on GP premises. Ben is talking to Edwina Farrell, a partner at Weightmans legal firm where she is a specialist in GP property and partnership business matters. Our focus is on leases and landlords; why the current increase in lease disputes and how to go about resolving them without necessarily taking legal action.
This week we launch a short series for the summer on GP premises. In this first episode Ben is joined by surveyor Paul Conlan who has a wealth of experience in primary care and is Operations Director at GP Surveyors. Are GP premises still a good investment? What happens to the “last man standing”? What are leases? And should you challenge the District Valuer? These questions and more are answered by this illuminating discussion.
Two years ago we spoke to Chris Ash from Southern Health in Hampshire. Southern Health are a NHS Foundation Trust running community services and when we last spoke they were working with general practice in the county as a vanguard developing a Multi-Specialty Community Provider model. Two years on and nothing has quite proceeded as Chris predicted. In this fascinating episode Chris describes progress in the partnership - with all its highs and lows.