Stuart Blake

I have been involved with the RCGP for many years, initially as a trainee representative on my local Faculty Board, and more recently, as a member of Council, at both Scottish and UK level. I have served as both Deputy Chair (Business and Finance) for RCGP Scotland, and as Honorary Secretary of South East Scotland Faculty Board.

The situation in General Practice remains perilous, but solutions must be found to ensure that high quality care can continue to be delivered, both in hours, and also out of hours. Any solution must reduce the ever increasing GP workload, and also find ways to address the declining size of the GP workforce. However, even without any further decline in workforce, the increasing workload trends cannot be sustained unless new models of General Practice delivery are allowed to evolve.

I support the proposals to introduce an extended range of professionals to work within General Practice, though would urge that the ethos of General Practice must also be maintained. While I believe that it is right to seek to recruit other professionals into expanded teams, the unique skills of the GP must continue to be recognised, and any solutions must deliver models which both complement and retain the expertise and continuity of care traditionally provided by the GP.

Any solution can only be delivered with appropriate funding, and I fully support the ongoing RCGP campaign calling for a substantial increase in funding for General Practice. Successful delivery also requires co-ordinated action from all bodies representing General Practice, and I believe that I could assist in delivering the necessary degree of co-ordination, using my experience within the RCGP, and my knowledge as a member of both SGPC and GPC (UK).

If entrusted with your mandate, I commit to working actively for the future of General Practice, and guarantee to represent the RCGP and the profession to the best of my abilities.

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