General Practice Nurse Education Network | August 2019 | The General Practice Nurse Education Network
This network is part of a number of initiatives arising from the General Practice Nursing 10 point plan. The General Practice Nurse Education Network (GPNEN) provides a repository of online resources to assist those nurses working in General Practice to have a “one-stop shop” when looking for continuing professional development initiative and support.
It also works to provide a framework for GPN practice education roles within primary care. Provide guidance and resources to primary care about how the new Nursing and Midwifery Standards for student supervision and assessment are applied
It also provides information for student nurses and those new to General Practice Nursing (Source: GPNEN).
BMA, Royal College of General Practitioners, NHS England & NHS Improvement | July 2019 | Making general practice a great place to work – a practical toolkit to improve the retention of GPs
The BMA, Royal College of General Practitioners, NHS England & NHS Improvement have developed a toolkit-Making general practice a great place to work – a practical toolkit to improve the retention of GPs– is aimed at system leaders and clinical leads working across primary care to develop robust local retention action plans that provide GPs with the support they require to develop fulfilled careers in general practice. It also aims to tackle issues at practice, network and system level that may be impacting on local GP retention.
To support implementation of this toolkit, £12 million is being made available to STPs this year with further funding to follow in 2020/21. This is part of a wider approach and further guidance will follow on the introduction of fellowships for newly qualified
GPs, the development of the local training hub infrastructure to support local activity, and development of the multi-disciplinary team, building on strong growth to date (Source: BMA, Royal College of General Practitioners, NHS England & NHS Improvement).
NHS England has outlined a series of practical plans and actions designed to help young carers who may be ‘hidden’, unpaid and under the age of sixteen.
Family doctors across the country can now volunteer to offer a new package of services for children and young adults who perform an informal caring role for a family member. This includes priority appointments for carers, home visits, additional mental health checks, and ‘double appointments’ for the carer and those they provide care for.
Research from Barnardo’s and Carers Trust has highlighted a host of challenges young people face in juggling their caring role with their education and own health, with up to 40% experiencing mental health problems.
The measures, backed by Carers UK, Carers Trust, CQC and the Children’s Society, mean GP practices may offer more tailored services for carers in their community, based on national proposals and assessed against six ‘Quality Markers’, to ensure carers in every community across the country are being offered high quality support by their local practice.
It is estimated that up to one in five secondary school pupils provides some level of care for a parent or sibling.
Royal College of General Practitioners | May 2019 | Fit for the future
Fit for the future presents the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) vision for the future of general practice.
It outlines its vision as:
General practice in the UK will be recognised as a high-status and rewarding profession. It will be the career of choice for growing numbers of ambitious and talented medical students and foundation doctors.
With the right staffing levels, GP workload will be manageable, which in turn,
will reduce stress and burnout. Retention rates and job satisfaction will be higher.
The delivery of relationship-based, whole-person care will be at the heart of general
practice. GPs will have more time to care for those patients with the most complex needs and will work with extended practice teams to provide enhanced continuity of care.
Patients will have more choice over the length, time and method of consultation.
The standard face-to-face consultation length will be at least 15 minutes and more
consultations will be delivered remotely through digital and video channels. GPs will
have access to a wider range of data sources and diagnostic tools, and shared decisionmaking with patients will be the norm.
The skills of the GP as an expert medical generalist will be more highly valued than
ever before. There will be more time and better support for training and professional
development, and GPs will be able to take on extended roles and develop additional
areas of expertise
Fit for the future identifies a number of enablers such as: