Please find links below to a bulletin relating to the launch this morning of a joint GPC England, NHS England, NHS Improvement, NHS Clinical Commissioners, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing and the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges guidance document which describes the key national requirements which clinicians and managers across the NHS need to be aware of aimed at improving the interface between primary and secondary care.
This guidance document, which has been produced following significant pressure from GPC, provides clear national requirements that NHS managers and clinicians should follow to reduce inappropriate workload and by doing so deliver a better service to our patients. It’s now imperative that NHS managers stick to their obligations which are laid out here and also in recent changes to hospital contracts. Improving patient care is at the centre of this work, as when implemented these measures will make the delivery of appointments and care much smoother for the patient.
As a direct result of GPC’s Urgent Prescription for General Practice, this document builds on the contractual changes secured from NHS England, which for the first time introduced contractual levers to specifically stem inappropriate workload transfer into general practice. These requirements are set out in the new NHS Standard Contract for 2017-19, under which clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) commission health services from providers, which came into effect on 1 April 2017. The guidance also includes the measures previously introduced from April 2016.
These changes are significant and symbolic, as they represent a new and unprecedented national policy to end the damaging impact of unnecessary workload shift onto GPs when they should be treating patients instead
Click here to download the document "The interface between primary and secondary care".
Click here to download the document "Joint Letter with NHS Improvement".
Click here to download the document "Primary-Secondary care interface guidance launched".
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