Urgent prescription for general practice in Wales
General practice is facing increasing and unprecedented pressures, with a significant gap between the demand placed upon it and its capacity. General Practice is forced to try and cope with inadequate resources, an unsustainable workload and a workforce under considerable strain across the whole of Wales.
Our urgent prescription for general practice in Wales shines a light on these issues and provides solutions to address these challenges.
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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 (October 2016)
Relaxation of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) up to March 2018
Welsh Government and the GPC Wales have agreed the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) element of the General Medical Services (GMS) contract will be relaxed until 31 March 2018. The relaxation of QOF comes into effect from 1 January 2018. The supporting legal Directions will be issued shortly.
Please see below documents for information:
Wales GP contract 2017/18
Welsh Government and GPC Wales have agreed the Welsh GP contract for 2017/18. Please see below links for an overview of the contract changes and some useful guidance:
For 2018 and beyond, both GPC Wales and Welsh Government are keen to ensure we have a modernised GMS contract in place suitable for the challenges of general practice in Wales. Over the remainder of the year we will focus on specific areas including funding, the future of QOF, premises and provision models.
GP Wales heat map
GPC Wales has produced a heat map of Wales which captures practices which have closed, have transferred to health board management or are deemed at risk.
Download a larger version of the heat map
Support for GPs in Wales
We recognise the enormous stresses placed on GPs across Wales. GPC Wales delivered a presented at the National Appraisal Training day on avenues of support for GPs, their families and wider teams. There are a variety of resources available, which are outlines in this presentation.
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Last man standing liabilities
In this letter, GPC Wales outline there is the ability for Health Boards to take on and provide solutions to the problems that are being experienced across Wales. These solutions have been confirmed by Welsh Government.
Read the letter (PDF)
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
Taxation and Employment status of GPs working in OOH or managed practices (PDF)
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 (2014)
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
See the 2016-17 updates to the GP contract changes in Wales.
Read the guidance
Welsh committee meetings
Wales LMC conference 2018
The Wales LMC conference will take place on Saturday 20 January 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa, Chester.
Download the conference agenda for 2018
Wales LMC conference 2017
The Wales LMC conference will take place on Saturday 4 March 2017 at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Gwent.
Download the conference agenda for 2017
Welsh LMC 2016
Download the resolutions for 2016