More than two years on from publication of the GP Forward View (GPFV) it is perhaps inevitable that some of the shine has come off a document that got a warm reception.
Speakers at a PCC event to be held in Manchester in September can help practice managers and GPs rekindle that warm glow for a vision that promised to help them manage rising demand and other pressures.
NHS England’s operations director has warned that the five year investment plan announced in June must avoid the mistakes made when the health service last experienced
a significant and sustained funding rise.
Practices hoping to have control over their future development need to plan for it, participants in a recent PCC webinar heard.
Outlining the key steps in developing a practice business plan, PCC primary care adviser Claire Deare emphasised that the process need not be a time-consuming, dry exercise carried out by a select few locked away in an office.
As of this April, 91% of CCGs now have delegated responsibility for primary medical care. It’s doubtful whether a majority of them are fully prepared to discharge that responsibility, however. Not only will many lack the expertise and experience to take day to day decisions about the contracts they hold for general practice services, the contracting portfolios they have inherited from NHS England may be incomplete, out of date and poorly documented.
Most CCGs are now delegated, which means they have inherited responsibility for primary medical care contracts from NHS England. Unfortunately they haven’t all inherited an up-to-date schedule of contracts or complete paperwork for every provider.