‘Help shape modern primary care,’ says NHS England
GPs, patients and healthcare professionals are being given the chance to have their say on plans by the NHS which will help shape the future of modern general practices.
As it celebrates its 70th birthday, the NHS is looking at ways to reform the GP contract to provide a stronger and more sustainable general practice for patients as part of the new NHS Long Term Plan.
The changes to the current GP Contract, which was agreed nearly 15 years ago, are being looked at to meet the changing needs of a growing and ageing population and increased use of digital services locally.
Today NHS England is inviting views from GPs, patients and healthcare professionals.
In the case of the Quality and Outcomes Framework, reforms are proposed that ‘recognise and support the professional values of GPs and their teams in the delivery of first contact, comprehensive, coordinated, person-centred care.’
In the case of digital-first primary care, proposals seek to ensure that how we commission, contract and pay for care ‘keeps up with the opportunities digital innovation offers – ensuring that new technology is safely integrated into health and care pathways, whilst not unfairly destabilising existing services.’
Feedback can be given using the links below and is requested by August 31:
Primary care, by the way, is one of the four national improvement priority areas identified in Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View.
For more information you can visit: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/digital-first-primary-care/
Bob Jope Healthwatch Torbay
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