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The General Practice Podcast

Ben Gowland explores new ways of working in general practice. He talks to those making changes happen, gets underneath what they did, how they managed to do it, and the challenges they faced along the way.
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Aug 6, 2018

Here is the first part of our fourth expert panel discussion. This time we are looking at what will be the impact of millennials on general practice. In this first part the panel considers what a millennial is, what is driving them to be different to the older generation and how the system might need to change to accommodate this new generation.

Part Two will follow next week.

This time Ben is joined by:

Surina Chibber: a GP and founder of My Locum Manager

Aisha Malik: a GP, social media strategist and founder of Doctors in Business

Mayur Vibhuti: a GP and Visiting Reader in Medical Leadership at Canterbury and Christchurch University

Jul 30, 2018

This is the second in our short summer series of pharmacy-focussed podcasts. In this episode Ben talks to Duncan Petty who runs Prescribing Support Services, one of the largest suppliers of pharmacists to general practice. Duncan, who was one of the first clinical pharmacists to be employed in general practice, explains the prerequisites necessary for pharmacists to work well in general practice, the benefits they bring, how at-scale working impacts on them and how they can deliver prescribing savings. He also explains his vision for the future of primary care based pharmacy.

Jul 23, 2018

In the first of two pharmacy-focussed podcasts we talk to Ravi Chal who is a pharmacist and founder of Future Pharmacy, a company which is developing an app to work as a clinical decision support system for pharmacists. In this podcast Ravi explains how the app will work; offering doctors and pharmacists both a dosage calculator and access to the four largest pharmaceutical databases via the user’s phone. Ravi also has a company called Locum Passport; an automated document wallet for locums which facilitates the transfer of personal information between agencies. Ravi also considers how technology will develop within the NHS in the future.

Jul 16, 2018

This is the second part of our panel discussion looking at how the new models of care will impact on and change general practice (Part One is available here). In this final part of the podcast the panel consider what is motivating general practice to adopt the new models of care, about shifting the balance between secondary and primary care, how working at scale will impact and achieving a greater voice for general practice within the system.

Our fourth panel discussion on Millennial GPs will follow in a few weeks’ time.

This time Ben is joined by:

Nav Chana: GP and chair of the National Association of Primary Care

Nick Hicks: Ex-GP and CEO of COBIC an independent consultancy focussing on outcomes-based health and care

Tracey Vell: GP, Chief Executive of Manchester LMC and Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care in the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Jul 9, 2018

This is the third in our series of panel discussions in which Ben is joined by a panel of renowned national experts. This time we discuss how the new models of care will impact on and change general practice. In this first part the panel considers the impact so far of the Five Year Forward View, closer integration of general practice with the rest of the system, what GPs should be doing now and whether choosing to lessen the independence of general practice would be a good or bad thing.

Part Two will follow next week.

This time Ben is joined by:

Nav Chana: GP and chair of the National Association of Primary Care

Nick Hicks: Ex-GP and CEO of COBIC an independent consultancy focussing on outcomes-based health and care

Tracey Vell: GP, Chief Executive of Manchester LMC and Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care in the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Jul 2, 2018

Paula Wright is a GP in the North East of England and GP tutor for Newcastle, Health Education England – North East team. In this podcast Paula explains the origins and value of GP Learning Groups; what they are, how they work and how they can be set up locally.

Jun 25, 2018

In this episode Ben visits Thistlemoor Medial Centre in Peterborough to talk to Dr Neil Modha about their fascinating and innovative model for running what they call Open Access in general practice. Their system developed in response to a shortage of GPs and a high migrant population that do not have English as a first language. Using Healthcare Assistants from the local community to take histories and translate for the GPs, the model means that on some days 300 patients can be seen in the practice and has meant that admissions into hospital are some of the lowest in the area.

Jun 18, 2018

Part Two of our second panel discussion on the future infrastructure of general practice. Ben is joined by a panel of renowned national experts (see below) and in this part the panel discusses the importance of data and information systems, the value of greater integration, a focus on prevention and wellness and the need to prove the value of generalists.

Ben is joined by:

Vincent Buscemi: a health and social care lawyer and partner at Bevan Brittan

Jon Griffiths: GP and chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG

Jonathan Serjeant: GP and Director of Creative Partnerships at Here

Jeannie Watkins: President and Chair of the Professional Standards Sub-Committee at the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians

Jun 11, 2018

This is the second in our series of panel discussions in which Ben is joined by a panel of renowned national experts. This time we discuss what the infrastructure of general practice will look like in five years’ time. In this first part the panel considers how the scale of general practice might change and, amongst other things, disruptive technologies, the future of the partnership model and the move to population health management.

Part Two will follow next week.

This time Ben is joined by:

Vincent Buscemi: a health and social care lawyer and partner at Bevan Brittan

Jon Griffiths: GP and chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG

Jonathan Serjeant: GP and Director of Creative Partnerships at Here

Jeannie Watkins: President and Chair of the Professional Standards Sub-Committee at the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians

Jun 4, 2018

Aisha Malik is a sessional GP in Manchester and a social media strategist for doctors and healthcare organisations. She is the founder of Doctors in Business, an organisation which aims to get doctors more visible online. In this episode she explains how a traumatic early experience in general practice (which saw her practice rated as one of the worst in the country by the CQC) eventually led to an interest in the ways that social media can influence patient behaviour and contribute to practice success.

May 28, 2018

Dr Hussein Gandhi (aka Dr Gandalf) and Dr Andy Foster are two GPs who run the eGPLearning Podblast. The Podblast explores new resources for primary care health tech, current news and covers regular interviews with health tech innovators. In this episode Ben asks Andy and Gandhi what impact they think technology is having on general practice; both now and in the future.

May 21, 2018

Ishani Patel is a GP partner in North West London and co-founder of Lantum a company formed “to help healthcare professionals unlock the complexity of staffing in today’s healthcare system” and part of the NHS Innovation Accelerator. Lantum have created a technological platform to support workforce mobilisation which is delivering a number of benefits including reducing agency spend, saving managers around four hours a week, improving fill-rate and even extending GP careers. In this episode Ishani explains, amongst other things, how the platform works, how it supports at-scale working and how it is likely to develop in the future.

May 14, 2018

Vincent Buscemi is a health and social care lawyer and a partner at Bevan Brittan, a leading commercial law firm. Vincent has wide experience of advising independent and public sector organisations on a wide range of issues including powers, decision-making and governance arrangements. In this episode Vincent takes Ben through the fine detail of setting up limited companies, forming “back-office” hubs and avoiding the potential pitfalls of both.

May 7, 2018

Regular listeners will know Dr Mark Newbold well. He is the Managing Director of Our Health Partnership (OHP), the Birmingham and Shropshire based super-practice covering 38 practices and a population of over 340,000. We have been following the progress of OHP since we began the podcast and you can find the previous episodes here: Episode 79, Episode 41 and Episode 13. In this new episode, two years on from the formation of OHP, Mark describes how the partnership is developing, how practices are being engaged, the development of their seven localities, their major integration project and their approach to risk…and much more.

Apr 30, 2018

Rachel Morris is a GP who works for Red Whale (“one of the leading providers of primary care medical education in the UK”) In this podcast Rachel describes two courses that Red Whale run aimed at developing leadership skills in primary care leaders. The first is Lead. Manage. Thrive! - a very popular one day course in management skills for GPs. The second is a new course on Working At Scale. Rachel explains how and why the programmes were developed, who the training is aimed at and what the courses cover.

Apr 23, 2018

Phil Coates is a practice management consultant and an expert on the new General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force on 25th May 2018. In this podcast Phil explains how the GDPR will impact on general practices and what practices should be doing now to prepare. He covers the new roles required by the regulation and offers a number of places where practices can find additional support.

Apr 16, 2018

Judith Harvey writes regularly for the National Association of Sessional GPs newsletter and other GP publications. Her articles have now been gathered into a recently published book; Perspectives. Judith’s interests range from the Cuban health system (she founded the charity Cuba Medical Link to enable students to travel to Cuba for their electives) to self-prescribing by GPs and from her own experiences with concussion to the social pressure put on potential organ donors. Ben talks to Judith about her life, her career and her writing.

Apr 9, 2018

Amer Sheikh is the musculo-skeletal clinical lead for North West Surrey CCG and Surrey Heartlands STP. He also runs a musculo-skeletal and chronic pain course for Red Whale (of GP-Update fame). In this podcast he describes how, in North West Surrey, they were able to introduce a new model of musculo-skeletal care by putting more resources into the start of the patient journey and so reduce delays and the need for surgery.

Mar 26, 2018

We follow up Episode 102 with the second part of our panel discussion on technology. Five nationally renowned practitioners with an interest in new technology look at how technology is shaping the future of general practice. In this final part of the discussion they focus their discussions on virtual and augmented reality, some of the ethical issues and how practices should be preparing now for the digital future.

Mar 19, 2018

William Bird is a GP from Reading and is the CEO and founder of Intelligent Health (“…dedicated to increasing physical activity and improving the health of communities around the world”). In this podcast he explains to Ben how his career has been focussed on encouraging physical activity as a means of improving health and happiness. He talks Ben through a number of schemes including Health Walks, the Green Gym and Beat the Street. He finishes by eloquently summarising how he believes we could, as a race of hunter-gatherers, shift the focus from illness to wellbeing.

Mar 12, 2018

In this, the first in a series of expert panel discussions, five nationally renowned practitioners with an interest in new technology look at how technology is shaping the future of general practice. In Part One of the discussion the panel considers virtual consultations and the impact of digital technologies. Part Two will follow in a few weeks.

Mar 5, 2018

Although she has been a GP for less than four years, Surina Chibber has developed an enviable portfolio career including the formation of a successful business: My Locum GP. In this episode she describes how she developed her business and what it does. She also gives her perspectives on what new GPs are looking for, on how the general practice model might need to change to meet these needs and what she would like to see from general practice in five years’ time.

Feb 26, 2018

Wow! Our 100th episode. We are privileged to welcome Dr Robert Varnam, Head of General Practice Development at NHS England. Robert is the foremost advocate of the ten high impact interventions outlined in the GP Five Year Forward View. In this podcast Robert explains how the ten high impact changes developed, how they have impacted on general practice and what the future for general practice might look like.

Feb 19, 2018

GP Dr Amit Bhargava has been involved in commissioning in Crawley, West Sussex for many years. Recent statistics (from NHS England in October 2017) show that Crawley has the lowest rate of emergency admissions in the country. In this episode Amit tells Ben about how Crawley has approached tackling health inequalities, the role for general practice and the partnerships they have developed with the local authority, the community and third sector providers. He goes on to describe the “social prescription offer” made to patients and how the community is beginning to focus on wellness.

Feb 12, 2018

Reform is an independent think-tank aiming to improve the way public services are delivered. They have recently published a report called “A design diagnosis: reinvigorating the primary care estate” and, in this episode, Ben talks to two of the authors of that report, Maisie Borrows and Daniel El-Gamry about their findings, the role of STPs in development of the estate, concerns about funding and some of the key lessons they have learnt.

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