General Practitioners

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th February 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to help reduce the workload on GPs.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The General Practice Forward View (GP Forward View) commits to an extra £2.4 billion a year to support general practice services by 2020/21. This is available at:

As part of this package NHS England is investing £500 million in a national sustainability and transformation package to support GP practices, which includes plans to reduce workload. The plan was developed with the Royal College of General Practitioners and Health Education England.

In early 2016, NHS England launched the 10 high impact actions to release time for care including: active signposting for patients to the most appropriate help; new consultation types; reducing the number of Do Not Attends appointment slots; developing the team; introducing new ways of working which enable staff to work smarter; supporting staff to develop; partnership working; social prescribing such as referring and signposting to non-medical services that support wellbeing; supporting self-care for patients, and developing Quality Improvement expertise. The Time for Care programme provides support for groups of practices to implement these actions.

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