Policy and Campaigns Our priorities for 2016-2017
Following our extensive consultation process with our members and faculties, we are pleased to announce the following policy and campaigns priorities for the coming year:
Put patients first: Back general practice
In 2016 NHS England announced the introduction of the GP Forward View. This announcement is a massive win for the Put patients first: Back general practice campaign, with the GP Forward View promising much of the funding and support for general practice that the College has been calling for. In 2016/2017 the Put patients first: Back general practice campaign will remain a priority to ensure that the GP Forward View is delivered, and that general practice in the devolved nations receives the necessary funding.
Increased understanding of the issues of fatigue and workload facing those working in general practice
In 2016/17 the College will continue to highlight the issues of GP fatigue and deepen the understanding of its underlying causes. We will conduct research to compare fatigue in general practice with other sectors and we will undertake further policy development on solutions to GP fatigue, including mandatory breaks and the introduction of new roles to support those in general practice.
Continued promotion of general practice as an attractive career at both a graduate and undergraduate level
We will work with NHS England, Health Education England and the BMA on the implementation of aspects of the GP Forward View and the 10 point plan to ensure a skilled, trained and motivated general practice workforce. We will also work on measures in three areas: boosting recruitment, retaining the doctors we already have, and supporting those who wish to return to general practice.
Integration of care – promoting and supporting the role of general practice in transforming services for patients
We will continue to highlight the benefits of integrated working. We will work with the British Geriatrics Society to produce a paper on integrated services for patients with frailty and we will launch the College’s case studies document on collaborative models of multi-disciplinary working. We will also work closely with the Vanguards to share their learnings around integration, in addition to analysing measures being taken to promote integration of care in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.