Put Patients First - Back GPs

Put Patients First - Back General Practice - Campaign Updates
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August 2016  
New scheme helps more GPs to remain in practice

In response to our campaigning and as part of its work supporting the workforce, NHS England has revamped the GP retainer scheme which supports GPs who can only work two days or less a week to keep working and maintain their clinical skills. One of the key "asks" of the Put Patients First campaign has been to support GPs to stay in work where they want to, despite personal circumstances. Find out more here.

August 2016  RCGP Ambassadors promoting general practice in local areas

With the announcement of a swathe of promises in NHS England’s GP Forward View, the RCGP has appointed new Regional Ambassadors to ensure these measures reach practices in their areas as quickly as possible, as well as promoting the values of general practice more widely throughout the NHS. Hear from two of the new Ambassadors about what they see as the opportunities and challenges for general practice in the months ahead here.

June 2016 First meeting of GP Forward View oversight group

Last week Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of RCGP Council, attended the first meeting of the NHS England GP Forward View oversight group. This group will be a key mechanism to hold NHS England to account in delivering the GP Forward View and will be where we push for the delivery of every penny pledged so that all patients see the benefits of improved GP services.

In the meeting, Maureen pushed for the establishment of an investment sub-group to make sure that the promised investment is properly tracked and delivered, and received reassurances that the GP Forward View will indeed deliver a simple funding increase for all practices, delivering benefit for patients.

Maureen also pressed for the rapid implementation of a resilience programme to help practices at risk of closure so that no patient risks being displaced by the closure of their local practice.

June 2016 Contact your Assembly Member

Following the election in Wales, as part of the Put patients first campaign we are lobbying AMs to ensure they deliver for general practice. As you may be aware, the deal brokered by Labour and Plaid Cymru following the election included the pledge to recruit and train more GPs.

Now is the time to push for results and ensure that these pledges are turned into action. We’re aware that our Welsh contingent is smaller than others, but we know how dedicated you are to delivering change for patients.

Click here to invite your local AM to visit your practice to hear from doctors and patients about the critical importance of a stable general practice.

June 2016 More funding needed in face of falling GP numbers in Scotland

We were disappointed to learn this week that the number of whole time equivalent GPs working in Scotland has fallen by 90, according to new information from NHS Scotland. Scotland is already experiencing a shortage of GPs – that’s why the Put patients first campaign has been calling for 740 extra GPs. That figure now rises to 830. To make sure patients have the access to quality care in general practice they need, we need to plug the gaps in the GP workforce. To find out more about the Put patients first campaign in Scotland, click here.

June 2016 RCGP looking for patients to join consultation group

We were pleased to welcome Eleanor Thompson, RCGP Campaigns Officer, at our annual conference last week. She came to speak with delegates about the key role that N.A.P.P. members have played and can continue to play in the Put patients first campaign.

The RCGP is hoping to team up with patient participation groups to make local change for general practice and ensure that decision-makers stick to the promises laid out in the GP Forward View. To make sure the College is offering the right kind of activities and support to groups and individuals, they are putting together a consultation group of people interested in their campaigns work.

If you would like to feed into the College’s campaigns work and how they work with patient participation groups, individuals and healthcare staff, please click here to fill in a registration form.

May 2016 Campaign wins major success

Last month NHS England published the General Practice Forward View, a ground-breaking strategy document designed to secure the future of general practice in England.

The GP Forward View was published in large part in response to our Put patients first: Back general practice campaign. It pledges, by 2020, £2.4bn of additional investment in general practice each year, 5,000 additional doctors, and at least 5,000 additional other members of GP practice staff.

The commitments contained in the GP Forward View will improve the patient experience in a number of ways. For example, increasing the number of GPs, as well as improving the training of non-clinical staff, will give GPs more time to spend where it matters – with patients.

The GP Forward View will allow GP practices to offer more treatment within the community, meaning that patients have easier access to the services they need, and will help to provide a coordinated approach to assessments and planning patient care.

A new safety net for struggling GP practices will be created, protecting patients from experiencing the anxiety and disruption of practice closures. And more investment in GP surgeries will mean Wi-Fi available for staff and patients, improved buildings with space for bigger multidisciplinary teams and a modern, safe environment for patients.

May 2016 Now the hard work begins

As patients, you know where your practice is doing well and where there is room for improvement; whether its online resources are good enough, whether its premises need developing, whether it needs access to a clinical pharmacist.

Now you have the chance to shape how your practice takes advantage of the measures contained in the GP Forward View.

We’re asking you to sit down with the GPs in your practice and talk to them about what the GP Forward View means to you, and which of its measures you feel could best benefit your practice.

Together, you and your GPs can come up with an action plan for accessing the new provisions – we can offer you support and resources to help you contribute to the best plan possible for the future of your GP practice.

Here are just some of the measures your practice will be able to access over the next 12 months:

To find out more about the General Practice Forward View, you can use the Royal College of GPs resources located here.

Sep 2015 300,000 signature petition delivered to Number 10  

Months of hard work and effort by PPG members culminated on Thursday 18th September when our President, Dr Patricia Wilkie accompanied Dr Maureen Baker, RCGP Chair of Council  to 10 Downing Street to deliver almost 300,000 signatures supporting the Put patients first: Back general practice petition, Royal College of GP’s call for general practice to receive 11% of the overall NHS budget by 2017.    Dr Baker thanked every one of you who signed and encouraged others to do so and said “ it really is going to make a difference to us, to general practice and the care we can deliver to our patients”

The campaign team are confident that this will lead to an adjournment debate in parliament in the near future
RCGP Wales will be taking their signatures to the Senedd in Wales this week. Northern Ireland and Scotland are arranging their own presentations as we speak and we’ll keep you updated.

General Information about this campaign

What’s the issue?

General practice is facing a growing crisis, as it struggles to provide the care needed by an increasing patient population. Ballooning workloads, declining resources and an overstretched workforce are placing huge strain on services that remain the first point of contact with the health service for most of the UK public.

This is bad news for patients, who face longer waits for appointments to see their GPs and a lower level of care than their GPs want to provide. Too often non-urgent care is being provided in our hospitals, at great expense, when most people want to be looked after in their local community.

In response, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.) have launched Put patients first: Back general practice – our campaign to improve patient care by increasing funding for general practice from 8.4% to 11% of the UK NHS budget by 2017.

We need your help!

Your help will be vital to reversing the decline in resources invested in general practice so that GPs can deliver the improvements to care we want to achieve. We need your ideas and involvement so that together we can make a difference to patient care:

  1. Read about the crisis in general practice and our case for change
  2. Read about our vision and our solution for patient care
  3. Take action to support our campaign
  4. Stay informed and join in the conversation

Click here to read how PPGs can get involved (leaflet updated 18/3/14)

Click to read the Campaign brief


Click to visit the Campaign website and the Get Involved page

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