Current priorities for GPC Wales
Currently your committee is focused on:
- Ensuring general practice is at forefront of public and Welsh Government opinion when designing and delivering services and policies for the Welsh population (with specific focus on rural services, unscheduled care, GP workforce challenges).
- Working to deliver more resources to general practice and primary care in line with Welsh Government strategic policies and priorities (including working to increase funding of OOH services).
- Supporting networks to get their potential truly delivered and enabling horizontal integration to further support practices
- Addressing the challenges specifically facing rural practices.
- Addressing the recruitment and retention challenge and promoting general practice as a career option through: supporting extended training; ensuring retainer and returner schemes are in place; and specifically looking at drivers to both recruit and retain GPs in Wales.
- Supporting sessional GPs.
- Exploring mechanisms for stability for practices given 'change fatigue' in the profession possibly via a two or three-year contract including enhanced services commissioning for a longer duration.
Read the latest newsletter (December 2015)
The aim of cluster monies is to transform primary care.
GPC Wales shares recommendations in a letter to cluster leads of how to make the most of this spend to maximise the impact on general practice.
Read the letter (PDF)
GPC Wales have recently produced guidance on issues which GPs' in Wales can find challenging.
Responsibilities of data controllers (PDF)
Ethical management of violent patients in Primary Care (PDF)
Individual Health Record
GPC Wales recently wrote to members on the use of Individual Health Record.
Read the letter (PDF)
GP practice models
BMA Cymru Wales published a map of closed and at-risk practices and has called on the Welsh Government for a 'cost-effective' model to protect Welsh general practice. The association map shows 10 GP practices that have been taken over by a local health board, and two that have shut. A further eight practices are deemd 'at risk', with two of these in North Wales already having handed in their notice to quit next year.
GPC Wales' prescription for a healthy future
General practice is going through one of the most challenging periods since the inception of the NHS. Economic austerity and ever increasing levels of ill health present a huge challenge.
This strategy document has been commissioned by GPC Wales to chart a way forward. It is divided into eight chapters. Each one sets out the key issues, discusses the options and makes recommendations for change.
Download the full strategy document
Wales GP contract
We have produced a detailed overview of the 2015-2016 GP contract changes in Wales, including FAQ guides to the QOF and MPIG changes.
Read the guidance
Welsh committee meetings
Wales LMC conference 2016
The Wales LMC conference took place on Saturday 27 February 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa, Chester.
Download the conference agenda
Download the Welsh LMC 2016 conference speech
Download the resolutions