The introduction of the new General Medical Services contract for the payment and reward of general practice and GP practices will inevitably change the way in which primary care is delivered. This practical workbook aims to address how its implementation will work in practice. Written in the interactive Roy Lilley workbook style with think boxes hazard warnings tips and comment boxes it deals with the implications impact and implementation of the New Contract questioning the contract's impact on patients and the provision of services. It is an essential guide for general practitioners primary care managers practice staff and trainers; and for all those that have an involvement in primary care and the implementation of the new contract. GPs practices and PCOs need as much guidance as they can get - from the General Practitioners Committee the NHS Confederation and also from books such as this. The more advice that they can turn to and the earlier they can get the help they need the better. So I welcome Roy's book as a valuable contribution. The book is primarily an informative summary of the contract documents and a practical tool kit for putting the contract into action. I too want to see practice teams making the contract work and this book will help many of them to do so. John Chisholm in the Foreword
Definition of unified patient record. History and context. Integrated care pathways. Elements of a traditional paper record. What is a unified patient record. Multidisciplinary collaboration. Elements of the unified patient record. How does this practice work. Specialist records. Benefits of a unified patient record. The use of evidence-based practice within a patient record. The link between record-keeping and EPR. The uses of information within a patient record. Managing change. Strategies to support change. Raising awareness. Process mapping. Sustaining change. National initiatives to promote change. The tree of change - a model for clinical practice development. Frequently asked questions. Toolkit for the development of a multidisciplinary patient record. Example of a unified patient record.