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New £30m development programme ‘will free up 10% of GP time’

A new £30m general practice development programme will offer practices training in finding ways to free up around 10% of GPs’ time, NHS chiefs announced today.

Details of the three-year programme, which was trailed earlier this year with the announcement of the GP Forward View, include a plan for groups of practices to receive a programme of workshops and learning sessions to come up with action plans.

From this, ‘most practices could expect to release about 10% of GP time over the 9-12 month period’, NHS England board papers state.

All practices will also take part in ‘Time for Care’ programmes to help them choose from a list of ten ’High Impact Actions' identified by health chiefs to ‘help release capacity and work together at scale, enable self-care, introduce new technologies and make best use of the wider workforce, so freeing up GP time and improving access to services'.

The High Impact Actions cover offering phone, online and group consultations, cutting DNAs, improving GPs’ ‘personal productivity’, partnership working and social prescribing among other areas.

In addition to these areas, NHS England said it is ‘also commissioning training and coaching programmes to build capabilities for improvement and change leadership in practices and federations’.

The programme will be linked to other key pledges in the GP Forward View, to invest £45 million in training reception and clerical staff to take work off GPs, and £45 million in promoting uptake of online consultation systems.

Readers' comments (12)

  • "offering" "group consultations"!!!

    I really can't wait.

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  • so do extra work to save work- LMFAO

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  • Yeah because the NHS has a brilliant record with implementing IT solutions...

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  • And pigs may fly.(no offence to pigs intended).
    Retired GPG

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  • How can I bag the £30million contract to teach GPs on how to save time.

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  • I love those figures and the fervour and passion they are hurled into the air with. It's 30mln,half a billion, 60 mln but somehow these numbers fly over my head.
    It's just hot air after all and blows away with general practice sinking deeper while NHSE carries on singing psalms glorifying their condescending and charitable gestures while digging a comfy grave for gp.

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  • Oh no, yet another round of pointless management consultants being paid millions to tell us to "work smarter not harder".
    Seen the NHS go around this circle several times.

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  • John Glasspool

    Fantasy, innit?

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  • More managerial rubbish to create more jobs for bureaucrats. Making us more productive----10min is not productive enough? We cannot afford more MDU fees by increasing our risks. What happened to confidentiality for group consultations??? Goal posts moving.

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  • Free up more time to do what? I see another pointless useless politically driven DES/LES coming our way to fill this "free time"
    So pleased i have decided to leave this terrible job.

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