I think I’ll call her Sharon.
I think I’ll call her Sharon.
Natty animation produced by the Kings Fund explaining the new NHS commissioning landscape for primary care.
It even has a go at describing what a ‘Commissioning Support Unit’ is, which is a bit like having a bash at solving Fermat’s Last Theorem.
Take from: www.kingsfund.org.uk/altguidenhs
Bottoms up! Whilst Camden is losing the race to smoke itself stupid against many rival boroughs on the Public Health England Smash Hits Mortality Ranking, we can take heart from the stirring statistic that we rank way down the table for liver disease at a hepatic-tissue-hardening 130th in the country.
I’m quite sure we could pass many an hour pondering the reasons, or perhaps simply walk up and down the High Street at the weekend and try and calculate just how much booze is swilled from Mornington Crescent to Chalk Farm between Friday night and Sunday morning.
Answers on a postcard - or guestimated from Oystercard trip data and wholesale alcohol trade to registered vendors in Camden.
There’s still work to do on the search functionality and some content, but otherwise the new, simpler style is working well.
It is responsive and plays nicely with browsers on mobile devices, plus the site is very easy to manage because it is essentially split into only two streams of content, news and publications.
These streams dynamically populate other pages on the site, which will hopefully keep the CCG site looking fresh without the overhead involved in managing lots of static pages.
A problem like porridge preference presents itself when considering intranet solutions that might work for member practices across a CCG.
GP practices need to store and share information within their organisations, and also need to pull and push data or documents with their parent Trust (soon to be CCG). Local intranets coupled with connections to secure pages dishing up comms and content from the parent are often suggested, as existing networks are usually quite low-tech.
The smaller practices don’t have the resources to employ dedicated IT support or staff with the kind of competencies to populate and maintain an intranet, despite the advantages it could bring.
Larger practices are much more likely to already have existing intranets, well used and populated by a dedicated member of staff with IT skills, Microsoft accreditation or an active interest in web technologies.
So when it comes to thinking about intranet solutions that might suit the information needs of GP practices across a whole borough, we’re left with a problem like Goldilock’s particularity with her porridge.
You can offer up an intranet solution to all the GP practices and invite them to run with it. However the larger practices may be reluctant to adopt, given their investment in, and familiarity with, their existing solution.
Smaller practices may balk at the time and expertise needed to develop an intranet space that adds value to their business.
Too hot or too cold – there probably is an intranet solution that offers the functionality and customisation to make it mind-bendingly easy for lay users to start adding and managing content, whilst offering serious features and migration options for bigger practices to buy into the benefits of a switch.
Why bother about this? The introduction of commissioning poses some serious challenges to communication and information management between CCGs and their member practices. Lots of documents, specifications, and data is swirling around, and practices could do with strategies and solutions for organising and sharing this content.
I’ve been pondering how to condense all of clinical medicine into the shortest list of categories possible.
There’s a page on the Camden GP Website which lists a large number of referral forms. They have no file naming convention, so a simple alphabetical list is of little use. Presently, forms sit under headings corresponding to existing service pages on the site, which makes more sense, but leaves us with a very long, unwieldy yet quite popular page.
I’ve been searching for a suitable set of broad categories that can serve to group these forms into a small number of sets. I want to re-use if I can, and I want a medical expert to be able to glance at these categories and quickly guess where the relevant form is likely to be. I came across:
These NHS Clinical Knowledge Summaries are neatly organised into 27 groups which encompass pretty much all of clinical medicine.
That’s good. It has proven surprisingly difficult to find a decent set of categories like this, which is surprising given their utility in organising all sorts of content, documentation or other information in medical contexts. So it goes.