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General Practice Forward View

The General Practice Forward View, published in April 2016, sets out a plan, backed by a multi-billion pound investment, to stabilise and transform general practice.  It has been developed by NHS England with input from Health Education England and in discussion with the Royal College of GPs and other GP representatives.

General practice workforce is one of our number one priorities and we are pleased to be leading the workforce section of the General Practice Forward View.

This plan provides us with a fabulous opportunity to work with partners including NHS England, Royal College of General Practitioners and BMA GPC to build on Building the Workforce – a New Deal for General Practice (GP 10 point plan).  We remain committed to 5,000 more doctors in general practice and a total 10,000 more workforce. 

We are pleased to see the prominence of the Primary Care Workforce Commission and the work of Prof Martin Roland and colleagues, which we commissioned, and forms the basis of much our work. This was, according to some young doctors the start of seeing hope and vision for general practice and ultimately encouraging them opt for this as a career. We believe that the General Practice Forward View will build on that work.

We are also pleased to see the importance of medical school curricula and placements highlighted. We have commissioned Prof Val Wass to work on this in partnership with Medical Schools Council, and work is currently underway, with the aim of encouraging medical students and doctors to choose general practice.

We have also started work to develop a practice nursing strategy. This will build on the launch of a career framework and pockets of good practice where HEE teams have developed programmes to support general practice nursing. From this a work a coherent strategy for application will be developed.

For more information on the General Practice Forward View and to download the document visit  https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/gpfv/ 

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