Primary Care Networks: an overview for general practice teams

Primary Care Commissioning | August 2019| Primary Care Networks an overview for general practice teams

Primary Care Commissioning has released a slide deck to provide an overview for general practice teams, it covers the following:  

  1. Practice contracts
  2.  Background to changes
  3.  Your PCN
  4. Changes to QOF
  5. IT
  6. Network services
  7. Workforce
  8.  Funding
  9. Full details from Primary Care Commissioning

It also signposts key documents for PCNs

Its available from the PCC


The General Practice Nurse Education Network

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. adult-blood-care-1350560

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).

A range of resources are available from the GPNEN

Full details about the Network are available from the General Practice Nurse Education Network

Making general practice a great place to work – a practical toolkit to improve the retention of GPs

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).

Making general practice a great place to work


GP patient survey

NHS England and Ipsos MORI have published the latest results from the GP Patient Survey 2019.  The results show the majority of patients have had a good overall experience of their GP practice (83%)

  • The GP Patient Survey (GPPS) is an England-wide survey, providing GP practice level data about patients’ experiences of general practice.
  • Ipsos MORI administers the survey on behalf of NHS England.
  • This report sets out the national headline and summary findings for the 2019 GPPS publication.
  • 2,328,560 questionnaires were sent out nationally, and 770,512 were returned completed between 2nd January and 5th April 2019. This represents a response rate of 33.1%.
  • The questionnaire can be found here

See also:

A summary of key headlines for GP practices

National infographic



‘Care for young carers’ offer in GP surgeries

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.

Full story at NHS England

RCGP report: Fit for the future

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
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  • Fit for the future  identifies a number of enablers such as: 
  • funding
  • training and education
  • workforce
  • digital technology and ‘know-how’
  • modernised GP premises
  • Research and innovation

Download from the RCGP

See also:

RCGP 15-minute minimum consultations, continuity of care through ‘micro-teams’, and an end to isolated working: this is the future of general practice