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Activities of the GPC UK

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Referral management in England

A briefing of the various referral management schemes currently operating in England, summarising existing evidence regarding their effectiveness and outlining some of the associated risks.

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Crisis in general practice (UK)

GPC has written to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP, in July 2018 regarding the current crisis facing general practice. The letter outlines issues surrounding workload levels, expansion of the general practice and community workforce, technology and prevention, and adequate investment in primary care. We highlighted our report 'Saving general practice' where we outline our ambition for general practice and offering clear solution, and urged Mr Hancock to work with the GPC to find a swift resolution to the crisis in general practice.

Read the letter

 

Primary care education tariff

Richard Vautrey has written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to call for an increase in the funding of undergraduate placements in primary care.

Read the letter

 

Focus on quality indicators for QOF

GPC has produced a briefing on quality indicators to provide background and context in preparation of the negotiations to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and the potential changes following the recent QOF review, led by NHS England. The QOF review brought key stakeholders together to analyse current evidence on QOF and other incentive schemes, with the intention of delivering proposals on its future.

The GPC has highlighted, and NHS England agrees, that a significant proportion of QOF funding is core income for practices and is an essential resource used for the employment of practice staff, and is already committed to delivering important practice activities.

Read the briefing

NHS England report of QOF review
 

 

Working at scale webinar

The BMA is not promoting any particular 'at-scale' model. However, in areas where change is happening, we believe GPs must be at the forefront, controlling the future of general practice for the benefit of patients and the profession.

Watch the webinar

 

Saving general practice (UK)

We have identified key areas which must be addressed to turn around the current crisis facing general practice.

See our vision for the future of general practice

 

Primary Care Support England (PCSE) service failures

PCSE, also known as Capita, have been responsible for the delivery of NHS England's primary care support services since September 2015. During that time, serious concerns have been raised about the service, with both patient safety and GP finances being affected. Issues are still ongoing despite continued talks between the BMA and NHS England.

Read the latest

 

GP pension reporting

GPC has been made aware of historic administrative issues with GP pension records and we have written to NHS England to seek further information. Richard Vautrey wrote to all GPs in England in May 2018 to inform them of the issue.

Read the letter

 

Recognition of GPs as specialists by GMC (UK)

As of January 2017, the GMC has backed our call for GPs to be added to the specialist register. Together with the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), we released a joint statement in August 2016, calling for the recognition of general practitioners as specialists in the UK, followed by another joint statement in February 2018.

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GPC workforce (UK)

Following the development and implementation of a range of national GP workforce initiatives over the last three to four years, we continue to update this resource with helpful guidance, practical support and advice, e.g step-by-step guide and FAQs on the new GP Retention Scheme, clinical pharmacists in General Practice, NHS GP Health Service, GP induction and refresher scheme.

Read the guidance

 

Specialist prescribing (UK)

GPC has written to the GMC to highlight concerns raised by practices about specialist prescribing for patients, such as those with gender dysphoria. The letter outlines the need to ensure patients have access to the specialist treatment they need.

Read our letter to the GMC

Read the reply from the GMC

Read our guidance on gender incongruence

 

Managing workloads under unprecedented pressure - Quality First (UK)

A BMA survey stated that 74% of GPs describe their workload as unmanageable or unsustainable. In this climate, it is crucial that the safe provision of core services to patients remain GPs' overriding core priority. This guidance is intended to help practices ensure this.

Read the guidance