Innovation at CIRC focuses on new ways of working, new models of care, and solutions that impact patient care. These solutions are created, developed and implemented to support general practitioners and practice staff overcome issues facing the delivery of general practice and world leading healthcare.

We develop innovative approaches with GPs for GPs – bespoke projects that develop outputs that are usable, useful and impactful for all practices across the UK.

Innovation not only looks to the future to tackle emerging issues on the horizon of healthcare delivery, but we also examine how the current delivery of care could be improved by using new approaches and technologies. Our activities include:

  • Developing, testing and piloting initiatives to create new tools and approaches to assist GPs and support staff to deliver modern, convenient and responsive primary care service to patients.
  • Disseminating good practice and acting as a source of advice and expertise.
  • Building on existing links with national organisations and forging new links.

At CIRC our aim is to create impact from innovation by providing GPs with improved tools and systems for treating patients and delivering care while reducing overall burden.

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Bright Ideas

The College recognises frontline staff are best placed to recognise the opportunities to improve their practice and often do so by taking a new and fresh approach. Bright Ideas provides a platform for these grassroots ideas to be promoted and shared. Bright Ideas celebrates GPs taking a fresh approach to improving practices and inspires others to do the same. We are looking for Bright Ideas that reducing workloads, increasing efficiencies, reduce costs and/or improve patient care within GP practices. If you have a better way of working or wish to try one of the Bright Ideas visit the Bright Ideas page.

Collaborative Care and Support Planning

Patients with complex cases comprising of one or more long term conditions demand a large proportion of GP time. As a result many GPs report feeling overwhelmed and overburdened by their current way of working. We are working with GPs to implement a new model, which aims to ease the burden on primary care while educating and empowering patients to better understand their symptoms.

Using this model helps the person to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to increase self-management of their conditions, building on their personal strengths and harnessing the assets available to them in their social network (such as carers) as well as the wider community.

This work has been enabled through the funding support of the RCGP, The Health Foundation, and NHS England.

General Practice at Scale Programme

The challenges facing general practice are well documented and we recognise that working at scale is one way to meet these challenges. Funded by NHS England and working in partnership with the Nuffield Trust, this project has been created to obtain a better understanding of the formation of networks of practices and to support practices in scaling up into larger general practice organisations. We have developed an Online Learning Network which facilitates the sharing and signposting of useful resources and case studies; and enables users to network with colleagues across the country.

Through the network we are connecting with, and learning from, at scale organisations about how and why they are forming and what makes them successful, helping GPs to navigate potential problems and pitfalls. This project is being delivered in collaboration with Nuffield Trust.

Patient Online

To deliver the best possible care it is important to be able to offer a modern, convenient and responsive primary care service to patients, their families and carers. Online access for patients has been identified as a key aspect of a modern primary care system. The College, in partnership with NHS England, identified the need to support GPs to implement online access within the mandated timeframes. A combination of guidance, support, and e-Learning was used to help GPs and practices make the necessary changes. The College remains committed to supporting GPs implementing digital tools and we continue to provide e-Learning modules and guidance.

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