Publications/guidance

General Practice forward view. NHS England has published a General Practice Forward View that sets out a multi-billion plan designed to get general practice back on its feet, improve patient care and access, and invest in new ways of providing primary care. It contains specific, practical and funded steps on investment, workforce, workload, infrastructure and care redesign. It includes: recurrent funding to increase by an estimated £2.4bn pa by 2020/21; doubling the growth rate in GPs through new incentives for training, recruitment, retention and return to practice; a new practice resilience programme to support struggling practices; legal limits on administrative burdens at the hospital/GP interface; support for individual practices and for federations and super-partnerships; direct funding for improved in hours and out of hours access, including clinical hubs and reformed urgent care; and a new voluntary contract supporting integrated primary and community health services. 

Who cares? The future of general practice. This paper from the think-tank Reform argues that it is crucial to revolutionise the way general practice operates in England. Care should be delivered by larger providers, capable of offering a range of extended services, such as diagnostics, urgent care or minor surgery, seven days a week. This entails a more diverse workforce, with less of an emphasis on the GP, and a greater use of technology, particularly for the interaction between patients and clinicians. 

Primary care. This report from the House of Commons Health Committee analyses the challenges facing primary care and examines the long-term solutions which can improve access to services and patient care. It warns that primary care is under unprecedented strain and struggling to keep pace with relentlessly rising demand. It concludes that primary care has to be able to change - it needs to allow for longer appointments and for people to be cared for by a wider range of professionals. The priority for Government should be to train, develop and retain not only more GPs but wider multi-disciplinary teams working within a more integrated system of care. While improving access to primary care is a welcome goal, practical application of the seven day policy should be locally designed, led by the evidence and take account of local recruitment challenges. The policy must also focus on the continuity of patient care and avoid reducing the capacity of weekday services as well as urgent out of hours primary care cover. 

Digital requirements for new primary care models. This Nuffield Trust briefing looks at emerging changes in primary care, and how digital technology can help managers and clinicians to deliver them.

Digital requirements for new primary care models. This Nuffield Trust briefing looks at emerging changes in primary care, and how digital technology can help managers and clinicians to deliver them. 

Framework for patient and public participation in primary care commissioning. Guide for primary care commissioners in NHS England and CCGs on how to involve patients and the public in the commissioning of primary care services. 'Patients and the public' includes service users and carers, and participation in primary care commissioning refers to how people are involved in planning (including policy making and relevant programmes), buying and monitoring primary care services. 'Primary care' includes general practice, community pharmacy, dental, and optometry (eye health) services.

There is also information for patients and the public on How to get involved in primary care commissioning