National Association for Patient Participation

RCGP goes to Party Conferences

19 September 2017

RCGP is attending Labour and Conservative Party conference and our officers and staff are planning events and meetings to secure the best possible care for patients from a thriving General Practice service.

The College is hosting a panel discussion at both conferences:

‘Who Cares? Empowering Patients in General Practice’.

As our population ages and grows, more and more people are living with multiple long-term conditions, and this has placed increasing pressure on the NHS and GP. RCGP believes the traditional model of healthcare must change to help people access care and support at home and in the community, and we are working with politicians from both main parties, and other stakeholders to develop and implement these new models. Our panel discussions will consider how the health service can embed these principles for the future, how we can ensure that they bring benefit to all patients equally, and what future impact these changes could have for the NHS and its patients.

The panel for Labour at 12.30-2PM on Monday 25th September will be:
Chair: Denis Campbell, The Guardian
Julie Cooper MP, Shadow Health Minister
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard RCGP Chair
Ruth Thorlby, Assistant Director of Policy, Health Foundation
Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society
At: Durham Hall – Kielder, Hilton Brighton Metropole

The panel for Conservatives at 7.30-9PM on Monday 2nd October will be:
Chair: Nick McDermott, The Sun
A Senior Government Minister
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard RCGP Chair
Lynda Thomas- Macmillan
Anita Charlsworth- Health Foundation
At: Exchange 1 – Manchester Central

Across both Labour and Conservative Conferences, RCGP is also collaborating with the BMA to host two roundtables on the interface between primary and secondary care: ‘Mind the Gap: Navigating the interface between primary and secondary care’, which will bring together key stakeholders and influencers to look at how the interface can be better managed to improve patient care.

If you are attending either conference do find the details of our events on the relevant Labour and Conservative Party Conference websites. Please contact if you would like to attend the Fringe.


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