GPs must be encouraged to test out new approaches to primary care, report says

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 18 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4612
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

NHS England must take action to ease the “significant strain” on UK general practitioners to encourage primary care to focus more on population health, a report has concluded.1

The report, by health think tanks the Nuffield Trust and the King’s Fund, said that NHS England should work with clinical commissioning groups to give GPs “support, incentives, and permission” to test out new approaches to delivering and organising primary care.

It added that it was “a pressing priority” to help GPs develop larger scale organisations or networks that provide a wider range of services, with a different skill mix and new leadership opportunities.

New measures proposed include wider access to “high quality” organisational development and planning support, and the introduction of a new alternative contract alongside the existing general medical services (GMS) contract to encourage groups of practices to …

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