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I'll be interviewing specialists, leading researchers and passionate figures to find out about their field, interests and what the future holds. When I'm not interviewing others, episodes will feature me discussing topics I find relevant and interesting. Chronologically progressing through time: from the emergence of life and evolution of us to the first civilisations and innovations that got us where we are today.​ Like everything Sphinx Thinks produces, the podcast will glimpse into all ar ...
 
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With the recent inclusion of pharmacists within the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme offer, many practices and networks are seriously considering utilising the skills and services a pharmacist can bring to their table. However, many are equally uncertain as to what the pharmacists can cover, how to integrate them best within their teams and mo…
 
At the end of last year Ben recorded a review of 2020 with Dr Hussain Gandhi and Dr Andrew Foster from the eGPlearning podblast. We cover the impact of Covid on general practice, how that changed over the course of the year, and reflect on what the lasting implications of this might be for the service. It is a slightly longer listen than our normal…
 
At the end of last year Ben recorded a review of 2020 with Dr Hussain Gandhi and Dr Andrew Foster from the eGPlearning podblast. We cover the impact of Covid on general practice, how that changed over the course of the year, and reflect on what the lasting implications of this might be for the service. It is a slightly longer listen than our normal…
 
There are generally more failures than success stories when it comes to launching and maintaining community based urgent care services across the country so what have the team in Rochdale done differently? To kick off the new year, Ben is joined by GP Dr Zalan Alam, Clinical Director for the hugely successful and pioneering Heywood, Middleton and R…
 
There are generally more failures than success stories when it comes to launching and maintaining community based urgent care services across the country so what have the team in Rochdale done differently? To kick off the new year, Ben is joined by GP Dr Zalan Alam, Clinical Director for the hugely successful and pioneering Heywood, Middleton and R…
 
The publication of the enhanced service landed at the beginning of December and with it comes further, additional challenges for general practice and places us firmly in the spotlight of the current healthcare agenda. Our ever-popular Practice Index panel return and as well as providing an update following their last episode, they are this week joi…
 
The publication of the enhanced service landed at the beginning of December and with it comes further, additional challenges for general practice and places us firmly in the spotlight of the current healthcare agenda. Our ever-popular Practice Index panel return and as well as providing an update following their last episode, they are this week joi…
 
Amongst the host of new roles available to PCNs are First Contact Physiotherapists (FCPs); a service designed to signpost patients directly into a physiotherapy service and therefore saving valuable GP and GP referral to treatment times. As this is a relatively new concept for most, we speak this week to Larry Koyama, Head of FCP Implementation at …
 
Amongst the host of new roles available to PCNs are First Contact Physiotherapists (FCPs); a service designed to signpost patients directly into a physiotherapy service and therefore saving valuable GP and GP referral to treatment times. As this is a relatively new concept for most, we speak this week to Larry Koyama, Head of FCP Implementation at …
 
Has there ever been a year which has been more tough in terms of demand and output in general practice? Covid landed and with it a whole host of immediate and long-term issues which have all had a direct impact on practice and network cashflow. Our resident finance guru James Gransby of RSM UK is back this week to give his thoughts and his advice o…
 
Has there ever been a year which has been more tough in terms of demand and output in general practice? Covid landed and with it a whole host of immediate and long-term issues which have all had a direct impact on practice and network cashflow. Our resident finance guru James Gransby of RSM UK is back this week to give his thoughts and his advice o…
 
Cognition, culture and environment - how do they work together to influence primate behaviour? What can tool use and behavioural patterns tell us about primate society? Studying primates provides one of the best insights into the evolutionary origins of human behaviours. To truly understand how and why certain behaviours are adopted (and differ) in…
 
Following our recent podcast featuring Dr Farzana Hussain, we catch up this week with Dr Hussain Gandhi, aka Dr Gandalf to his own eGPlearning Podblast listeners, to hear about how his year in post as Clinical Director for Nottingham City East PCN has gone, in the backdrop of all the challenges presented by Covid, the flu vaccination programme and …
 
Following our recent podcast featuring Dr Farzana Hussain, we catch up this week with Dr Hussain Gandhi, aka Dr Gandalf to his own eGPlearning Podblast listeners, to hear about how his year in post as Clinical Director for Nottingham City East PCN has gone, in the backdrop of all the challenges presented by Covid, the flu vaccination programme and …
 
From agriculture to human culture and society, there is more to zooarchaeology than just bones! Discover what we know about the human past from zooarchaeology and how we use animals to decipher history... When and why was agriculture adopted so differently across the globe? How can we use zooarchaeology to explore domestication and feasting? What d…
 
With a whopping 55% of Practice Managers intending to leave their posts in the next 12 months, this is a clear sign that there is growing discontent and therefore, a potentially huge problem for general practice that needs to be tackled sooner, rather than later. In the latest of our series of Practice Manager panels, Nicola Davies and Robyn Clark …
 
With a whopping 55% of Practice Managers intending to leave their posts in the next 12 months, this is a clear sign that there is growing discontent and therefore, a potentially huge problem for general practice that needs to be tackled sooner, rather than later. In the latest of our series of Practice Manager panels, Nicola Davies and Robyn Clark …
 
This time last year we caught up with Clinical Director and now GP of the Year Dr Farzana Hussain to get her early thoughts about her (then) new role as a PCN lead. Fast forward 12 months and Farzana is back to share an update on the challenges she and her network team have faced and where they have achieved success, in spite of the pressures of me…
 
This time last year we caught up with Clinical Director and now GP of the Year Dr Farzana Hussain to get her early thoughts about her (then) new role as a PCN lead. Fast forward 12 months and Farzana is back to share an update on the challenges she and her network team have faced and where they have achieved success, in spite of the pressures of me…
 
The Primary Care Home programme is an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care, which was founded by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) in 2017. Since that time, there has been the emergence of primary care networks so how have the radical differences which have swept across the general practice system affected…
 
The Primary Care Home programme is an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care, which was founded by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) in 2017. Since that time, there has been the emergence of primary care networks so how have the radical differences which have swept across the general practice system affected…
 
There has been an explosion of digital innovation within primary care over recent months, particularly where maintaining contact between practices and their patient populations is concerned. But what about joining up practices with other practices, within Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and GP Federations, as well as other cross-sector organisations, …
 
This time of year is ordinarily an extraordinarily busy period for practices with the onset of ‘business as usual’ winter pressures but what is the effect of the additional impact Covid presents, while business is not running as normal? In the third of our Practice Index Practice Manager panels, now seasoned podcast professional Nicola Davies joins…
 
Episode 228 - Podcast – Jessica Hollingsworth & Nick Sharples – Digital group consultations Group consultations are a relatively new concept in primary care, but one GP has taken this a step further and in the wake of the pandemic, has introduced digital group consultations at her practice. Dr Jess Hollingsworth of Linthorpe Surgery in Middlesbroug…
 
The earliest period in our human past - the Palaeolithic. This fascinating period covers human evolution and our early innovations as Homo Sapiens. The Palaeolithic really encompasses everything about us as a species... Why did humans develop art? When do we first see cave art? When did humans start burying the dead? Professor Paul Pettitt and I di…
 
Neaderthals are plagued with stereotypes - brutish, simple and less human hominids. However, evidence increasingly suggests they were capable of abstract thought and compassion just like us. What evidence do we have of Neaderthal compassion? How can we learn about the cultures of our ancestors through archaeology? How can studies of health in the p…
 
We are proud of the many inspirational stories that are shared and the fascinating people who feature on our podcast and none more so than this week’s guest, GP Rebecca Farrington. Rebecca works within an almost truly unique role as a GP with a special interest in asylum seeker mental health, within a specialist hub in Salford, Greater Manchester. …
 
Archaeology tells us about the human past, but it's not all dirt and digging. We can explore how human biology has changed through time, through skeletons and sampling, it's all about bioarchaeology! Ever wondered how healthy people were in the past? Why we know where prehistoric people have lived and travelled? Or even what an Egyptian ate for bre…
 
It’s an exciting week because we are so pleased to have our first PCN Manager to feature on the Ockham podcast! Tara Dawson, PCN Manager for the Lytham St Annes network, takes us through her journey to becoming PCN Manager, her experiences, her achievements, the key relationships she has formed and then, what she hopes to achieve going forwards and…
 
It’s all about profitability on this week’s podcast. In the second of our Practice Index panels, Practice Managers Robyn Clark and Nicola Davies return and are this time joined by financial expert James Gransby to talk through the current pressures on practice income, particularly during this period of uncertainty. However they have also shared wit…
 
Chimpanzees are our closest living ancestor, and we are also theirs. We know how our biology has evolved - but what about our communication. Communication is a trait common to many organisms - but we don't all communicate in the same way. Join me (Georgina Holmes) and Dr Cat Hobaiter as we uncover why language is more than just vocalisation, and fi…
 
So much has changed since the formation of PCNs at the beginning of last year in terms of availability of funding and staff and the governance of how we run our networks. As a result, many partnerships, practices, and networks are reconsidering their financial models and specifically, whether incorporation could prove more lucrative in the long run…
 
Primates are our closest living relatives. We know they can learn from us, but what can we learn from them? What is primatology? Should we study primates in zoos? And what can they teach us about evolution? Dive into the world of primatology with me (Georgina Holmes) and Charlotte Frearson as we discuss this fascinating field of research which prov…
 
A patient’s wellbeing underpins their physical health so what can we do to complement our existing models of care and ensure their wellbeing needs are met? One of our most popular guests (and as it turns out, podcast regular) Dr Neil Modha of Thistlemoor Medical Centre in Peterborough, is back on our sofa this week and believes the key lies in the …
 
The ability to be resilient, as an individual and as a team, has never been more important, particularly over the last 6 months and it is particularly difficult to maintain resilience during a period of such intense change and unpredictability. Luckily for us, executive coach Janice Steed has agreed to return to the podcast to dissect how resilienc…
 
With the publication of a new Asthma UK report about how the use of data and technology can shape and transform the management of asthma in primary care, a wider discussion has now been prompted about how the same principles and recommendations within the report could shape chronic disease management in general practice overall. Dr Minal Bakhai and…
 
Networks and practices are planning in earnest for a more complex flu vaccination season involving all the normal the challenges of ensuring adequate staffing numbers, facilities and PPE are in place – and the right levels of vaccine are in stock. This year’s campaign is additionally complicated by the confusion about how the immunisation programme…
 
It can be tough at the top for many clinical directors but does being in the role as a nurse offer an alternative perspective? Do the challenges differ or are there additional benefits to coming to the role from a slightly different background? Ben Scott is an ANP and Clinical Director for Doncaster South PCN and has taken time out of his busy sche…
 
What is population health management, and can it really make a difference? Does it really offer a holistic solution to meeting health needs, supporting better integrated care and relieving day to day pressure on practices and networks? Dr Dan Alton is a GP at the Wargrave Surgery in Berkshire and the Population Health Management (PHM) clinical lead…
 
accuRx have been on an interesting journey and one that they may not always be given credit for, given the overnight and overwhelming success of the simple, yet game changing software they have introduced to general practice over the last four months. From modest beginnings, working out of small numbers of practices on process improvement measures,…
 
accuRx have been hailed as the overwhelming success story of the Covid crisis, with a rapid deployment of much needed virtual tech into practices up and down the country and enabling primary teams to maintain high quality care for their patients. Ben is joined on this week’s podcast by GP and IT champion Dustyn Saint of Primary Care Pathways, to di…
 
Resilience in primary care has been truly tested by recent events but we are going back to basics on this week’s podcast as we talk to former midwife turned executive coach Janice Steed about why the resilience of a practice and its people is key to its success overall. What are the indicators of a resilient practice, where are the red flags and wh…
 
Covid-19 has presented many challenges for GPs, not least the changes they have had to enact to ensure they are able to continue safe and effective management of patients with long terms health conditions. This week’s podcast features GP Dr Andrew Whittamore, Clinical Lead at the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership and fellow GP Dr Mi…
 
The landscape of primary care has altered significantly, and many of the changes practices have made to prioritise patients and protect their staff during the Covid crisis are here to stay. This week’s podcast features Practice Manager Kay Keane and QCS Head of Primary Care Tracy Green, who talk through their experiences of the pandemic, how they h…
 
With the focus shifting back towards the normality of day to day working, primary care now has scope to reconsider the opportunities presented by the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme in building workforce capacity and to establish further transformative working practices. This week’s spotlight is on the role of the pharmacist and we are fortun…
 
We have been fortunate to have been able to share a number of best practice stories throughout the Covid-19 crisis and this week’s podcast is no exception. Ben is joined by Dr Lorenz Kemper, a GP who co-founded MedLink Solutions, a unique online platform which allows practices to remotely manage reviews of patients with long term conditions and chr…
 
Covid has presented many challenges for practices and networks but many have risen to the challenge and found that, as a result, they have been able to accelerate many existing projects and are seeing hugely positive outcomes. Sovereign Health, made up of three practices based in Hampshire, are one example of a network who have enacted rapid change…
 
The challenges presented by the Covid crisis have seen an acceleration of many existing transformation projects in general practice, particularly where use of tech and a move to a digital infrastructure is concerned. This week’s podcast features a panel of experts from the London region who bring a clinical, project and programme perspective on the…
 
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