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13th August 2020

Introducing: The QCS General Practice Podcast

We're excited to announce the launch of "The QCS General Practice Podcast". Each month our Head of Primary Care Tracy Green will be speaking to healthcare experts to empower General Practitioners with the latest expert insights.

This month Tracy will be speaking to Alison Lowerson our GP Policy lead on the very topical "2020 Seasonal Flu Programme". To listen, please either find us on your favourite podcast platform or listen below:

The 2020 Seasonal Flu Programme


As we're all aware, this year, health workers are facing the nightmare scenario of dealing with both flu and Coronavirus at the same time. 

The government's response has been to launch "the most comprehensive flu programme in UK history".

It announced that it would offer flu vaccinations to 30 million people this winter.

The expanded programme will be available to:

  • people aged between 50 and 64;
  • households of those who are shielding, and;
  • children in their first year of secondary school.

What's less clear is how such an extensive programme will actually be delivered on the ground.

There are many unanswered questions, which could create a number of unforeseen compliance challenges.

More about Tracy

Tracy has worked in general practice management for over 13 years with a passion for turning around vulnerable or struggling practices and making a difference to patients. Tracy has been a Care Quality Commission (CQC) Practice Manager Specialist Adviser since 2014 along with being a peer appraiser, national trainer, dementia friend champion and a trustee board member with her local Healthwatch.

Tracy also worked nationally for 18 months as the General Practice Development and Primary Care Network (PCN) Lead supporting practices, PCNs and federations.

Tracy is a chartered fellow with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a fellow with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) holding postgraduate qualifications in strategic leadership.


More about Alison

Alison has worked in general practice management for 18 years, with experience managing both large and small medical practices providing a wide range of services. Alison has worked closely with her local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Federation, Primary Care Network (PCN) and the Local Medical Committee, and in 2018 she supported countywide practices with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.

She has a passion for supporting primary care and practice managers through the many challenges they face and is a Governor at her local Primary School.

Alison holds a postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care & Health Management (DPCHM).

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