NHS England published the General Practice Forward View (GPFV) on 21 April, setting out a programme of
support for general practice over the next five years. This strategy follows strong lobbying and calls for action from GPC, including in our most recent paper Responsive, safe and sustainable: our urgent prescription for general practice.
As part of their operational planning, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England have now been asked by NHS England to pull together a GPFV plan by 23 December. This is to set out how they will translate the aims and key local elements of the GPFV into their more detailed local operational plans.
These plans should, of course, reflect local circumstances, but they must also at a minimum set out:
- How access to general practice will be improved
- How funds for practice transformational support will be created and deployed to support general practice
- How ring-fenced funding being devolved to CCGs to support the training of care navigators and medical assistants, and stimulate the use of online consultations, will be deployed.
The checklist attached to this letter will be useful to you to help check your respective CCG’s plans, to ensure that the key elements (such as transformational support, the GP access fund, or funding for reception and clerical staff) that should be included are, so that those plans reflect the pressures on and challenges for general practice in your local area.
Download the letter
Focus on General Practice Forward View
Our Responsive, Safe and Sustainable paper outlines the urgent actions needed to alleviate the current significant pressures. A large number of our proposals have been accepted by NHS England and included in their roadmap for the future.
Whilst the Forward View represents a comprehensive package of support to general practice, both in the immediate and longer term, we are equally clear there are a number of areas requiring more clarity and work on the detail of implementation. There are also actions from our Responsive, Safe and Sustainable yet to be addressed by NHS England that we will continue to push for.
This focus on paper summarises some of the key potential opportunities for general practice from the Forward View, and provides a steer for LMCs and practices on maximising its potential to deliver change locally.
Download Focus on General Practice Forward View (PDF)
Annex 1 (PDF)
Annex 2 (PDF)
NHS planning guidance 2017-2019
NHS England has published its Planning Guidance for 2017/19 which specifies that strengthening and transforming general practice must play a crucial role in STPs (sustainability and transformation plans).
The guidance includes details of funding for extended access to general practice in the evening and on weekends, which is initially being targeted at areas of England which had successful pilot sites in 2015/16 (prime minister’s Challenge Fund or General Practice Access Fund sites). This will be incrementally rolled out to the entire country by 2019, with CCGs receiving an additional £6 per weighted patient. Unlike the Challenge Fund, this resource will be recurrent.
We have a produced a Focus On the GPFV-related aspects of the planning guidance.
Read GPC's response to the GP Forward view, including a letter from GPC chair Chaand Nagpaul and infographic which provices a GPFV breakdown.
Read the response
Implementing the General Practice Forward View
Watch the webcast of an event held in Exeter in November 2016 in which GPs and NHS insiders discuss the future of general practice and their own radical initiatives in the delivery of care.
This event is part of a project in the south west region that aims to improve how the BMA engages with its members. Part of this is to create events which appeal to the majority of our members; bringing expertise and experience and opinion close to where you live and work.
Watch the webcast