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Key survey findings

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Below are the latest key findings, which highlight responses to questions about premises, new models of care, GP contract and QoF, as well as the impact of technology on future consultation practices.

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Premises

Too many GPs are struggling to provide even basic care because their premises are too cramped and small. 

BMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul

Over three in five GPs (62%) support maintaining the model of GPs being able to own their surgery.

Based on how their practice is currently structured:

Over half (56%) of GPs would like to own and work in owner occupied premises;
Over a quarter of GPs (27%) would not like to own and work in owner occupied premises.

 

General Practice models

It is clear that there has been a big change in the way GP practices are working together, with the increased development of networks and federations. 

Chaand Nagpaul

Over a third (37%) of GPs say that their practice has joined with a network or federation.

Nearly half (48%) of GPs say that their practice has not joined with any other practices or health organisations.

Popular reasons for joining other practices include:

Bidding for and delivery primary care contacts (mentioned by 43%),
Providing GPs with more influence on health care delivery (40%),
Long term security of the practice by people part of a larger structure (39%).

When asked which of the NHS Five Year Forward models would be the best way to develop general practice in the local area where they work, more than half (52%) of GPs state that practices working in networks or federations working more collaboratively with other healthcare professionals (e.g. consultants, nurses etc.) would work best.

 

Future of GP contracts

GPs want to focus primarily on the needs identified by the patient in front of them, not the prompts to gather more data for a computer. 

BMA GPs committee deputy chair Richard Vautrey

Just under three quarters (73%) of GPs support the continuation of a national GMS contract.

More than four in five (82%) GPs support maintaining the option of independent contractor status for GPs.

Over half of GPs (55%) state that they think the size of the QOF should be decreased further.

 

Technology

If we are to make use of IT and web advancements we are going to need investment in a modern infrastructure that all GPs can utilise. 

Chaand Nagpaul

A large majority of GPs (86%) agree that telephone consultations are an effective way of consulting with patients for appropriate reasons.

Almost two-thirds (63%) of GPs believe that telephone consultations can be an effective way of managing demand as an alternative to face to face consultations.

Half of GPs (50%) are concerned about the clinical limitations of video or web consultations.

 

Where you are

Scotland: GPs based in Scotland (32%) are the most likely to say they would like to work in third party premises.

Northern Ireland: In Northern Ireland, three-quarters (73%) of GPs agree that telephone consultations can be an effective way of managing demand as an alternative to face to face consultations. This level of support is significantly higher than in any other region.

Wales: GPs practising in Wales (83%) are significantly more likely than those in England (74%) to agree that core GP contract opening hours provide adequate and appropriate access for patients.

 

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