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

Bright Ideas provides a platform for 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.


The RCGP is creating educational and training resources to ensure that the workforce of today and the future is equipped to respond to the fast-paced developments in genomics. 

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. This project strives to obtain a better understanding of the formation of networks of practices and to support practices in scaling up. 

Innovators Mentorship Programme

The Innovators Mentorship Programme (IMP) supports entrepreneurial GPs to develop innovations that address unmet needs in general practice. The programme combines mentoring and training to accelerate innovations supporting general practice and the NHS.

Patient Data Choices

The Patient Data Choices project aims to deliver a portfolio of resources and events to inform primary care teams on a new national data opt-out as recommended by the National Data Guardian' in her Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-outs.

Patient Online

Online access for patients has been identified as a key aspect of a modern primary care system. The RCGP has identified the need to support GPs to implement online access within the mandated timeframes. 

Person-Centred Care

Patients with complex cases demand a large proportion of GP time. Many GPs report feeling overwhelmed and overburdened by their current way of working. We are supporting new models of care that wraps the care provision around the patient. 

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