This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

pul jul aug2020 cover 80x101px
Read the latest issue online

Independents' Day

GPs invited to give 'honest' feedback on support services under Capita

GPs will be asked to give ‘honest’ feedback on their experience of primary care support services since they were taken over by Capita in a survey to be sent out this month. 

The contract with NHS England for delivering Primary Care Support England (PCSE) requires a survey be conducted every six months, and this second survey will be emailed to practices to participate in.

The initial survey was sent out by post, in order to establish a ‘baseline’ by which Capita will be measured.

The GPC told Pulse that they wanted GPs’ ‘honest opinions’ on the service they’ve received so far.

Pulse has followed the rollout of the new contract closely, and revealed how the BMA said practices had been left without deliveries of basic clinical supplies and had accumulated piles of patients’ notes – with some practices saying they waited four weeks for a collection.

The GPC also said that practices reported that patient notes going missing, while the Information Commissioner’s Office is enquiring about information governance breaches.

GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul wrote to NHS England last month demanding that GPs be compensated for the ‘systematic failure’ of support services, and indemnified against any serious incidents that may have arisen.

Capita has said it that primary care support services had been ‘fragmented’, and it had been asked to transform them. 

A spokesman said about the issues faced by practices: ‘It is inevitable that with such significant structure change there will be initial challenges. However, we have been working closely with NHS England, and are continuing to do so, to ensure the service is delivered at an optimal level.’

Capita will send out the new survey to practice’s designated email addresses stipulated for the online portal, which has been implemented to allow practices to order supplies and track the movement of patient records.

The company confirmed to Pulse that the survey formed part of the contract with NHS England and would be sent out this month, after it is signed off by the ‘PCSE Stakeholder Forum’ - which includes the BMA, NHS England, Public Health England, Health Education England and CCGs. 

Chair of the GPC’s practice finance subcommittee Dr Ian Hume told Pulse they were working with NHS England to ensure the quality standards in Capita’s contract were enforced.

Dr Hume said: ‘One of the important things within the contract is a satisfaction survey, every six months.

‘The next survey runs in June. I would like GPs to respond to that survey and give their honest opinion of the service they’ve got.’

Readers' comments (11)

  • Why bother, it won't result in anything of use to practices, so once again we are expected to do work for nothing.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Will this be as useful as the honest feedback we gave CQC?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Vinci Ho

    Honest opinion : General practice is just like a child neglected by NHSE and DoH , abused by CQC and GMC.
    Moderate this opinion if you would like .

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Vinci Ho

    are you going to report about Sarah Woolaston switching side this morning?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Oh FFS!!!!

    Most of us have been trying to raise the roof with NHSE on this for the past two months at least.

    They really know how to add insult to injury:(

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • we have problems with this service to numerous to mention on here, it was totally ludicrous to roll this out without the pilot being fully analysed and everything in place. whoever thought that this would work needs sacking.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment


    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Have done the survey for all the good it will do. Still six weeks left until I'm out. Then the whole lot of steaming BS orgs (NHSE include yourself in that) can take a running jump. I won't care.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • TPP make an error and NHSE come down on them with a ton of bricks, press releases to National Media etc etc.

    Bet they don't do the same with Capita....... I wonder why............

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Dear All
    We have a lost an established reliable protected service for data and records. Observation sprint courier driver arrives in car park slides side door open leaves open! drags courier collection bag with holes in across into practice entrance collectes records drags sack out watching items fall out leaving a trail whilst side door still open and packets of notes visible. Where is the protection , pride and attention to detail of this important job. Clinical supplies oh this gets better we have had 4 deliveries of the same items with in 1 week far too many so had to return only to be told oh this happens all the time! Exhausted by the whole fiasco what a shambles!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

View results 10 results per page20 results per page

Have your say