General Practice Improvement: Frequently Asked Questions
Over the last 6 weeks, The General Practice Improvement Programme has been exhibiting across the country at the UK’s largest healthcare events to front line GPs, Practice Mangers and CCGs. The feedback has been outstanding with delegates keen to find out the benefits of the programme which seems so relevant in today’s healthcare market.
Over the course of these events, the GPIP development team have been flooded with questions about the programme and have taken the time to identify key questions which seemed to stand out:
How can GPIP help with CQC inspections?
We should start by saying that GPIP hasn’t been designed to specifically meet the needs of a CQC inspection. Its primary function is to quickly help practices improve – but of course there’s an overlap – it does help in many areas, and we have written a specific piece on this here: http://gpip.co.uk/GeneralpracticeCQC
Are CCG’s willing to fund the programme?
With the majority of previous practices we have worked with, their CCG’s have been willing to fund and support the programme. However we understand that each CCG is different and have found the best approach is for the GPIP team to present back directly to the CCG from your recommendation and interest.
What are the main work areas of the Programme?
The programme focuses on 6 high impact areas which in the short term can make the most practical and suitable changes. These are:
Is there any Homework involved?
Unlike other productive programmes, GPIP is delivered through half day, once a week sessions over a 12 week period to ensure visible changes can be made on the day of implementation. There is no homework for the practice and when we leave, we continue to offer one year’s telephone support and the GPIP box set to assist you in maintaining those changes.
How can GPIP deal with our high attending patients?
The Chasing the Tail module focuses on high attending patients, by using data from your systems we identify a select cohort of patients whose care is most likely to be costly of time due to their high attendance. We then work with all levels of staff to look to better manage their care in order to free up a considerable amount of time for the practice. Time, which you have the freedom to invest elsewhere in your practice.
How does GPIP differ from other Improvement Programmes?
Many other improvement programmes offer a long process of development which requires practices to complete a considerable amount of solo homework in order to create long term changes. The issue with this is that practices don’t see direct changes and usually don’t have the headspace to complete the homework individually. The General Practice Improvement Programme is designed to tackle this by offering the interventions across 12 weeks with no homework so the Practice can see sustainable changes on the day of delivery.
What ROI is expected form the Programme?
As the programme is designed to release efficiencies and time, it is how the Practice re-invests that time to determine ROI. For example one practice was able to increase their list size by 1200 patients due to the considerable amount of time they were able to save, generating an additional £75,000 in revenue.
Can GPIP help support the Quality and Outcome Framework?
Although GPIP was not designed to directly support the QOF framework many of the outcomes help practices achieve higher points through the 6 main scoring areas. If this is something your practice is looking to achieve, the programme can be tailored specifically to help improve support and develop each scoring area resulting in a more efficient practice.
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