Cakes, cohorts and card games by Ammara Hughes

This is the eighth blog by Dr Ammara Hughes on Primary Care Leadership and COVID vaccination. Read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh blogs in the series. Last week, we reached a milestone. 6 months of operating as a vaccine hub. We hit 20,000 vaccines administered across the Primary Care Network. An upgrade from doughnuts to a […]

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A marathon not a sprint: The endurance of Physician Associates by Ammara Hughes

This is the seventh blog by Dr Ammara Hughes on Primary Care Leadership and COVID vaccination. Read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth blogs in the series. Three years ago, I ran my first marathon. As runners will know, this generally comprises of a four-to-five-month training programme, which becomes all consuming. You fit the runs around […]

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The trial of Astrazeneca by Ammara Hughes

This is the sixth blog by Dr Ammara Hughes on Primary Care Leadership and COVID vaccination. Read the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth blogs in the series. Drugs are a funny old thing. One minute, they’re the best thing since sliced bread. The next, you’d rather be sticking hot needles in your eyes than ever consider […]

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The value of health professional networks in tackling vaccine hesitancy; an engagement exercise with the Chief Medical Officer by Samia Latif and colleagues

‘If you want to go fast, go alone If you want to go far, go with others’ (African proverb) Much has been said and written about vaccine hesitancy and health inequalities in Black, Asian, and ethnic minority (BAME) communities, particularly during the Covid pandemic. Lower vaccine uptake and access to health services by BAME communities […]

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Time for a pop-up! by Ammara Hughes

This is the fifth blog by Dr Ammara Hughes on Primary Care Leadership and COVID vaccination. Read the first, second, third, and fourth blogs in the series. Pop-ups. The de rigeur of this millennium. You know you’ve made it if you have a farmer’s market or street market within a mile radius of you. We can’t […]

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Happy New Year! The debacle of second doses by Ammara Hughes

This is the fourth blog by Dr Ammara Hughes on Primary Care Leadership and COVID vaccination. Read the first, second, and third blogs in the series. 30 December 2020 A much needed long bank holiday this Christmas. Not as happy as it should have been for many. A second wave of COVID was in full […]

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Social care, leadership and COVID: a tangled mix by Richard Humphries and Nicholas Timmins

COVID-19 has thrown social care in England into the spotlight in a way that nobody would have wanted. The death toll in care homes, in people’s own homes, and among care staff. The desperate early struggle to get personal protective equipment to carers that mirrored the problems in the NHS, but at times seemed worse. […]

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Cool boxes and care homes by Ammara Hughes

This is the third blog by Dr Ammara Hughes on Primary Care Leadership and COVID vaccination. Read the first blog here and second blog here.  We love a protocol in the NHS. Our intranets and desktops are crammed full of them. Of course, we need them for robust clinical governance. The trouble is, by the […]

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Going viral by Ammara Hughes

This is the second blog by Dr Ammara Hughes on Primary Care Leadership and COVID vaccination. Read the first blog here.  Saturday 19 December Second Pfizer delivery awaited. It had been a long week with the anticipation and then successful delivery of the first 975 vaccines culminating on Friday. We had accepted the challenge of […]

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