Work Creep

By | 5 November 2013

The LMC is keen to address the increasing amount of un-resourced work that is being pushed into general practices. In order to do this we would invite practice managers, GPs and their staff to let us have examples of work that they have been asked to undertake particularly by colleagues in secondary care either directly or as part of patients’ hospital discharge plans.

Such work creep might include the following:

· Work to be undertaken by practice staff

· ECG / Blood Tests / Other investigations on behalf of others

· Requests for information from patients (that could be obtained directly)

· Requests for urgent prescriptions (where outpatient treatment recommendation forms should not be used)

· Chasing or arranging follow up appointments / letters

However this list is by no means exclusive!

Please let us have brief details by email and by all means include scanned letters, etc but please ensure that any patient identifiable information is removed.

2 thoughts on “Work Creep

  1. Francis Whalley

    Requests for urgent prescriptions (where outpatient treatment recommendation forms should not be used) –
    you demonstrated how murky post ip prescribing is
    I at my age and experience am still confused by opd prescribing and the purpose of all the faxes we receive. why i copied your words was that i thought if urgent then the patient was given the prescription by the clinic doctor. There is a need for a clear line to be able to present to new incoming GPs otherwise they bring their interpretation that was spun to them in hospital

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    1. David Robertson Post author

      Outpatient treatment forms should only be used for non-urgent prescriptions and as you say if the medication is needed urgently then the clinician can use a hospital HP10.

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