Innovation in CIRC supports fresh thinking that creates value. Our projects encompass new approaches devised by frontline staff, new ways of working, new models of care, and solutions that can impact patient care. These solutions are created, developed and implemented to help and support GPs 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.

CIRC supports innovation by not only looking to the future to tackle emerging issues on the horizon of healthcare delivery but also by examining 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, and forging new, links with national organisations

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

Bright Ideas

CIRC recognises that GPs are innovative – GPs regularly see opportunities to improve their practice and often do so in new ways. Bright Ideas provides a platform for these successful ideas to be promoted and shared to encourage GPs to try the new ideas themselves. We are keen to spread new ways of reducing workloads and increasing efficiencies within GP practices.

General Practice at Scale

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 strives to obtain a better understanding of the formation of networks of practices and to support practices in scaling up. We have developed an Online Learning Network which facilitates the sharing and signposting of useful resources, case studies and enables users to network with colleagues across the country.

Through this network and in combination with regional events 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.

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 RCGP in partnership with NHS England, has identified the need to support GPs to implement online access within the mandated timeframes. A combination of guidance, support and e-Learning is being used to help GPs and practices make the necessary changes.

Person-Centred Care

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.

Working with The Health Foundation and NHS England, CIRC is supporting new models of care that wraps the care provision around the patient. The aim is to ease the burden on primary care while educating and empowering patients to better understand their symptoms. Using this approach helps the person to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to increase self-management of their condition(s), 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.

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