Sorting out GP premises is among the least headline-grabbing but most important of issues. Without safe, modern premises able to meet rising demand and the needs of a changing general practice workforce, transformation could grind to a halt.
Resilience is the umbrella term NHS England has chosen for supporting general practice through one of its most challenging – and possibly transformational – periods since the NHS was founded three years after the end of the Second World War.
PCC has worked with hundreds of practices to help them get fit for the future.
Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) have a tough job to do – focused on making the books balance, hamstrung by provider deficits, trying to make an unsustainable system sustainable. Yet the majority of patient contacts and opportunity for upstream intervention is in primary care, most obviously general practice but also community pharmacies, dentists and optometrists. In this article, PCC chief executive Helen Northall makes the case for better understanding of and engagement with primary care by STPs.