Spotlight: A realistic vision for primary care?

Jenni's (now rather battered) preview copy of the Commission report...

CCHSR Director Prof Martin Roland has been a little busy of late, as Chair of the Primary Care Workforce Commission. Their report has just been launched…so what does it say for the future of primary care?

Simons Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS, gives our annual lecture

For a summary of Simon Steven’s lecture, see our Storify. The Chief Executive of the NHS, Stevens last night gave our annual CCHSR lecture. He talked to a packed room of medics, academics, voluntary sector and policy representatives about “future directions” of the NHS – or in fact health care more generally.

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Changing how GPs practice – it really can work

When we produced our report “The Future of Primary Care: Creating Teams for Tomorrow” in the summer (1), the little negative comment there was arose from the idea of larger multi-disciplinary teams, including pharmacists and new roles such as physician associates. GPs worried about what they’d find for these people to do, how they’d train …read more

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Inequalities in patient experience of communication by ethnic group: new evidence

If you have even a passing concern about inequalities in health care, you’re likely to be familiar with the idea that minority ethnic groups tend to report more negative experiences of health care compared to their counterparts in the majority ethnic group. In the UK, this means that people identifying, particularly, as being of South …read more

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Conference report: NAPCRG (North American Primary Care Research Group) Annual Meeting 2015

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What happened in sunny (and rainy) Cancun, Mexico at this year’s big US primary care research conference? Our intrepid Jenni Burt reports back.

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Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS, to give CCHSR Annual Lecture

We’re delighted to announce details of November’s CCHSR Annual Lecture…

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CCHSR is recruiting health economists

We are seeking a Research Assistant/Associate in Health Economics to join the growing team of health economists at the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research.  You’ll be working on a number of economic evaluations and other studies with an economic or econometric component. In addition, there will be opportunities to contribute to the broader health …read more

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“We torture them before they die”

This telling phrase comes from a paper by Liz Dzeng and colleagues (1) which describes the distress felt by young American doctors who feel obliged to deliver futile treatments to patients at the end of life. In part this comes from an excessive move away from paternalism (‘let the doctor decide’) to prioritise patient autonomy …read more

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Hospitals and avoidable mortality rates…the saga continues

Regular readers of this blog will now I’ve had a bit of a bee in my bonnet about government plans to rank hospitals on avoidable mortality based on retrospective case record review. I won’t go into the arguments in detail again (if you want you can read them in the original blog here, or the …read more

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NHS Health Checks: value for money?


Reports in the Guardian and Telegraph this week report on a study published in the Journal of Public Health suggesting that the NHS health checks are costing £450,000 per life saved and therefore represent very poor value for money. Unfortunately these press reports are woefully misleading, although the study itself does little to discourage such …read more

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High users don’t always stay high users (again)

OK, so maybe this is labouring the point as we’ve gone on about this out before – e.g. see our previous papers on the subject (here and here). Nevertheless, it’s nice to find that someone else agrees. This time it’s a study from the US. They call their frequent flyers ‘super-utilizers’ but it’s the same …read more

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