What can we learn from innovations in general practice?
Despite current contractual, financial, and capacity constraints, GPs are innovating in different ways to deliver high-quality care and attract and retain staff.
In this collection of case-studies, we explore how eight GP providers around the country are implementing innovative models, from improving access to a wider range of services for patients to effective chronic disease management.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but we hope these examples will start a conversation about what is possible, and begin to shape a vision for how to solve some of the barriers facing general practice. These models demonstrate that some solutions to the current crisis in general practice already exist, but realising them on a larger scale will require far greater investment, contractual flexibility, and political will.
GPs have told us that they want to see a model for general practice that allows for autonomy, prioritises continuity of care, encourages and supports innovation, provides variety in their work, retains close ties to the communities they serve, and is cost-effective. England needs a model for general practice that is inclusive and that reflects and supports the different ways modern GPs work as partners in practices and as salaried employees.
It’s so important to showcase examples of innovation and creativity that exists in general practice, when GPs and their teams are given the resources and autonomy to make decisions in the interests of their patients.Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer, chair of GPC England at the BMA