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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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Jul 25, 2016

Caroline Chill was a GP partner for 24 years before leaving in 2012 to pursue a portfolio career. Intending to locum only as a “stop gap” she discovered and joined her local locum GP chambers and has now worked through the chambers for four years. She tells Ben about how the chambers works for her and how it has allowed her to regain her enthusiasm for medicine.

Jul 20, 2016

Ben talks to Ruth Robertson one of the authors of a new King’s Fund report on GP involvement in clinical commissioning and the roles of CCGs. The report is the culmination of four years’ research working with six CCGs. They discuss relationships between GPs and CCGs, avoiding conflicts of interest and the likely future for clinical commissioning.

Jul 18, 2016

Charmi Rogers is a Paramedic Practitioner working in a GP Practice in Haywards Heath. In this podcast she tells Ben how her role in dealing with on-the-day demand has grown and the consequent impact on the practice and its GPs. Also, in a first for the Ben Gowland Podcast, she answers four questions posed by you, the listeners, via Twitter.

Jul 14, 2016

Ockham Healthcare is running a series of podcasts and blogs on local locum GP chambers because of the impact they can have on an area struggling with GP recruitment. In this second blog in our series Ben Gowland calls on CCGs to do what they can to support their development – but warns against trying to control them.

Jul 11, 2016

In the second in our short series on local locum GP chambers Ben talks to Mark Sage a newly qualified GP who opted to work as a locum and found the support he needed within his local locum GP chambers. If you missed the first podcast in this series (which explains all about chambers) you can find it here.

Jul 7, 2016

Ben is worried that the General Practice Forward View does not fit with everything else that is going on including the Sustainability and Transformation Plans and the new CCG assessment and improvement framework. In his latest audioblog he warns of the consequences of not joining up the dots.

Jul 4, 2016

Can GP practices work in closer collaboration with the local Acute Trust and yet not lose their independence? Ben talks to Dr Berge Balian, a long-standing GP who was appointed Associate Medical Director for Primary Care at Yeovil District Hospital and is one of the clinical leaders for a Primary and Acute Care System (PACS) model. He tells Ben how GP and hospital services have come together, how GPs were convinced to support this new model and how the whole system has benefited.

Jun 30, 2016

Locum Chambers are groups of local locum GPs who work together through a shared management structure to support GP practices in a local area. If your area does not have one, Ben Gowland outlines 10 reasons why you should.

Jun 27, 2016

One in four GPs is a locum. A local locum GP chambers can be incredibly effective in recruiting and retaining locum GPs into an area and in this podcast we hear from Richard Fieldhouse, a locum GP who developed the first Locum GP Chambers and helped set up the National Association of Sessional GPs. He tells Ben what a Chambers is, how it works and how it benefits practices and sessional GPs.

Jun 23, 2016

Increasing GP cynicism about the Government’s Forward View is understandable, argues Ben Gowland in his latest audioblog and, without a clear financial plan, the criticisms can only increase.

Jun 20, 2016

Nigel Grinstead is one of the UK’s foremost experts on General Practice operating at scale. He has been involved in most of the country’s largest and most successful GP partnerships. In this episode of our podcast he talks to Ben about the benefits and challenges of General Practice at scale and launches the new Provider Exchange website.

Jun 13, 2016

Dr Steve Kell was, until April this year, chair of Bassetlaw CCG and national co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners. In this podcast he explains to Ben why he has given up both of these roles and gone back to being a full-time GP. In particular, he talks about the exciting work his practice is undertaking as part of a pilot site for the Primary Care Home.

Jun 6, 2016

Continuing our mini-series of podcasts looking at other professional roles in General Practice, Ben talks to Dr Neil Langridge who is a Consultant Physiotherapist in a GP practice. He tells Ben about his role and the positive impact that it has had on patients and the GP workload.

Jun 4, 2016

In the second of his audio blogs, Ben Gowland argues that General Practice really needs help in navigating a route through the post-GP Forward View world. Read more of Ben's blogs on our website at http://ockham.healthcare/category/the-general-practice-blog/ 

May 31, 2016

Ben talks to Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners about the future of collaborative working and the role of General Practice in the integration agenda. In a wide-ranging discussion following the recent publication of an RCGP report on the subject, she also touches on the GP Forward View, the future of the GP partner model and the idea of practices working at scale.

May 31, 2016

This week we are trying something new and would like your view on whether we continue. This is our first audio blog in which Ben Gowland has just four minutes to argue that rather than sitting in CCGs, GP leaders should be out supporting the development of core general practice.

May 23, 2016

Wow! What an inspiring podcast we have this week as Ben talks to pharmacist Karen Acott. Karen was the country’s first ever pharmacist partner in a GP practice in 2004 and is now Chairman of a major GP federation in Devon. She tells Ben about the value to a practice of employing a pharmacist and provides inspiration to all professionals working in primary care.

May 17, 2016

With the Bolton Quality Contract, Bolton CCG has invested an additional £3m in General Practice and provided a guaranteed income per patient. In turn this has helped them to tackle some of their most pressing problems including access and the patient experience through incentives for the delivery of a set of agreed standards. The contract has been a huge success and effectively funded itself in the first year. Ben talks to Su Long, the Accountable Officer at Bolton CCG, to understand more about how the contract was developed, how it works and how its success is being measured.

May 9, 2016

Our Health Partnership in Birmingham is the biggest GP partnership in the UK covering 32 practices, 150 partners and a population of 280,000. Ben talks to Managing Director Dr Mark Newbold in the second of our podcast series tracking the progress of OHP, and discovers how the partnership works, what the benefits are and what lessons have been learnt so far.

May 5, 2016

The King’s Fund have today (5th May) published their report “Understanding the Pressures in General Practice”. In a bonus episode of his popular podcast, Ben Gowland speaks to Beccy Baird, a Fellow in Health Policy and one of the authors of the report. What does the report tell us about the current state of General Practice – and will anyone listen?

May 3, 2016

The recently published GP Forward View appears to presentpractices with a number of opportunities. What does a practice needto do to access a share of the £2.4bn available? Ben Gowlanddiscusses the various “pots” of money that are being released andurges practices to prepare well in advance.

Apr 24, 2016

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.

Apr 19, 2016

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.

Apr 18, 2016

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.

Apr 11, 2016

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.

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