This Westminster conference will examine policy and funding priorities for general practice.
The agenda also looks at wider issues around GP wellbeing, patient access, service integration, and service recovery in the wake of disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss progress, issues and next steps for ambitions to increase capacity within general practice for urgent same-day care, tackle areas of inefficiency, and improve transparency and accountability - in the context of the NHS Long Term Plan and the Winter Access Fund.
Overall, the agenda
The Commonwealth Fund surveyed 13,200 primary care physicians across 11 countries between January and June 2019. This included 1,001 general practitioners (GPs) from the UK. The Health Foundation analysed the data and reports on the findings from a UK perspective.
In some aspects of care, the UK performs strongly and is an international leader. Almost all UK GPs surveyed use electronic medical records and use of data to review and improve care is relatively high.
The survey also highlights areas of major concern for the NHS. Just 6% of UK GPs report feeling ‘extrem
The report makes the following recommendations:
Putting in place more dedicated ‘High Intensity Use’ services across the country. Integrated Care Systems should develop strategies for addressing high intensity use across their areas, ensuring that there is adequate provision to meet need across acute settings, with a particular focus on areas of deprivation.
Improving access to community-based support, to prevent people reaching crisis point. Investment is needed in VCSE provision linked to social prescribing and other key services, such as community mental health. Training and s
Increased use of telephone and video consultations is expected during the current COVID-19 situation.
In this video, the AccuRX (https://www.accurx.com/) system is being used. The system and process used by other practices may vary.
A link to this video can be sent to a patient's phone by the surgery when a video appointment is booked so that they can prepare themselves for their video consultation.
The study examined the work of 61 GPs working in the NHS using time-motion methods, ethnographic observations and interviews. It found that GPs’ work is frequently disrupted by operational failures including:
missing patient information
problems with technology
interruptions to consultations.
The study identifies the nature and impact of operational failures that GPs face, allowing for more specific improvement measures to be explored. It also indicates the need for coordinated action to support GPs.
This guidance is produced during the COVID-19 outbreak in order to support the care in the community of patients and those important to them, at the end of their lives or who are unwell as the result of COVID-19 or other life-limiting illnesses.
This document will be updated and adapted as further contributions are received and in line with changing national guidance. The most current version of the guidance document will be available on the public-facing pages of the RCGP COVID-19 Resource Hub and Association for Palliative Medicine website.
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