1. #WhyGP: Should it be #WhyPrimaryCare?

    4 Aug 2015
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    In this blog, Candace Imison highlights the #WhyGP campaign on Twitter, which seeks to create "an island of positivity in a sea of negativity" with regard to the current state of General Practice, in the hope that it encourages future GPs to take up the role. However, she argues that it is a pity that the hashtag is not #WhyPrimaryCare. The shortages of GPs are matched by equally serious but less well publicised shortages in primary care nursing. Like their medical counterparts, nurses in primary care can have...

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  2. Will Scotland stop the squeeze on pay again?

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    23 Jul 2015
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    Professor James Buchan, Adjunct Professor, at the WHO Collaborating Centre, ponders whether Scotland can continue to defy Westminster by protecting staff pay increments in the Scottish NHS. 

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  3. Equipping the NHS with the staff it needs

    23 Jul 2015
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    Currently, 1.4 million people work in the NHS and a further 1.6 million in social care; together this accounts for one in ten of the working population. In this essay, Candace Imison notes that successful workforce planning should ensure that we have the right number of staff with the right skills in the right place at the right time. However, she argues that this is not currently the case in the health and social care sectors.

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  4. Will technology save the NHS £10 billion?

    30 Jun 2015
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    Sophie Castle-Clarke muses on digital plans for the NHS and considers whether they can really lead to savings of £10billion by 2020. 

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  5. Facing future challenges: do changes in skill mix offer some solutions?

    25 Jun 2015
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    Candace Imison explores whether changes in skill mix offers some solutions to the challenges faced across the spectrum of the NHS. 

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  6. NHS agency staff costs: treating the symptom not the cause

    9 Jun 2015
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    Candace Imison explores the Secretary of State for Health's recent campaign against agency staff costs and considers whether this approach might well be treating the symptom, but not the cause. 

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