Objectives: Internationally, general practitioners (GPs) are being encouraged to take an active role in the care of their patients with obesity, but as yet there are few tools for them to implement within their clinics. This study assessed the self-efficacy and confidence of GPs before and after implementing a weight management programme in their practice.
Conclusions: A structured management tool for obesity care in general practice can improve GP confidence and self-efficacy in managing obesity. Enhancing GP ‘professional self-efficacy’ is the first step to improving obesity management within general practice.
NHS RightCare has published new data packs for a range of mental health and dementia services for each CCG.
NHS RightCare has published new Commissioning for Value mental health and dementia packs for each CCG. The packs contain data across a range of mental health and dementia services, and include a number of new indicators not included in previous packs. The information is intended to support discussions about mental health care in local health economies to improve the value and utilisation of resources.
I have recently returned from an exciting, whirlwind tour of another set of new care models sites. This was my fourth such tour. My goal for these visits, which I make as an International Visiting Fellow for The King’s Fund, is to attempt to understand what the vanguard organisations are trying to do, how well they are faring, and how they might progress even better and faster. On this trip, the additional question was: ‘How can these lessons and models be spread more widely across the NHS?’
The guidance is aimed at local commissioning and strategic leads with a remit for falls, bone health and healthy ageing. This document outlines approaches to interventions and activities helping prevent falls and fractures to improve health outcomes for older people.
Up to 181 GP practices closed in the 12 months to January 2017, official data show | GP Online
Data on GP practice populations released by NHS Digital this month list just 7,532 GP practices – down 181 from the total a year earlier in January 2016.
Part of the drop in GP practice numbers in the NHS Digital data is likely to be driven by mergers, which could mean that some of the practice locations no longer listed in official figures remain open, but under the wing of a larger group.
However, BMA leaders have warned that closures are at ‘record levels’ and the latest figures suggest that the trend is not slowing down as GPs wait for government pledges of investment through the GP Forward View to take effect.