General Practice Nurses

NHS Clinical Commissioners welcome a new action plan to support General Practice Nurses.

General Practice – Developing confidence, capability and capacity: A ten point action plan for General Practice Nursing published by NHS England today.  The action plan gives welcome recognition at the national level of the vital role that general practice nurses (GPNs) play in the effective delivery of care for patients.


Demand for hospital services outstripping NHS funding – King’s Fund Report

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: ‘The NHS is treating more patients than ever before, which is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of its staff. However, our analysis provides more evidence that the health system is buckling under the strain of trying to meet rising demand and maintain standards of care within constrained resources.

‘With the gap between funding and hospital activity set to grow over the next few years, the NHS needs to do everything it can to moderate demand for hospital care. We know that some of this demand can be avoided if alternative services are available – the challenge is to provide the right care in the right place at the right time and to ensure hospitals are only used when necessary and appropriate.

‘This means increasing investment in community services to provide more care closer to people’s homes and focusing on prevention to reduce the need for treatment in the first place. Successive governments have promised this over the years but fallen well short of their ambitions. This time failure is not an option, which is why it is essential to grasp the opportunity provided by sustainability and transformation plans to implement fundamental changes to the delivery of health services.’

Read the press release and full report

Find out more about Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)


For a comprehensive overview of STPs take a look at the resource list prepared by Univerity Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust Library & Knowledge Services.

They have identified a range of information arranged under the following headings: Overview | Models of Care | Engagement | Preventative Health | Long-Term Conditions | STP Priority Areas

Regular Updates

Jo, Librarian based at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, prepares an update of the latest news relating to STPs and Vanguards.  If you would like to receive this, or another update, on a regular basis please get in touch by contacting .  Here is an example of the latest update prepared by Jo:

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Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) explained

“Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) were announced in the NHS planning guidance published in December 2015. NHS organisations in different parts of the country have been asked to come together to develop ‘place-based plans’ for the future of health and care services in their area. Draft plans were submitted in June 2016, and final plans are expected to be completed in October. But what do STPs really mean? And what will they mean for the NHS?”

Read more and see related reports on the King’s Fund page


RCPCH review of maternity and paediatric services across Dorset

RCPCH review of maternity and paediatric services across Dorset


image taken from Flickr taken by Robert Scoble

image taken from Flickr taken by Robert Scoble

This week saw the publication of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) review, which provides an independent view of health services for mothers and children living in and around the county.

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