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Pulse to launch major GP workload survey

GPs from across the UK are being urged to describe the daily workload pressures they face in a major new survey being launched by Pulse.

In its first ever GP workload survey, to be launched next week, Pulse want GPs to report the number and type of patients contacts they had on the day on Monday 11 February. We also want to hear from GPs about the levels of clinical complexity they saw among their patients on the day.

Pulse wants to capture these details to highlight conditions GPs are currently working under – and because this data is not available elsewhere.

GPs should check the Pulse website on Monday 11 February to take part in the survey and submit details about their day at their practice.

We also want to hear first-hand accounts from GPs about workload pressures being experienced on the day, so we can publish them as they’re happening.

Make sure to stay in touch with us using Twitter or over email on Monday 11 February so we can feature your comments.

Pulse editor Jaimie Kaffash said: ‘Without doubt, workload is the biggest issue facing GPs across the UK. Yet not enough has been done to provide a true reflection of the extent of this workload.

‘With this survey, we want to demonstrate to commissioners and decision-makers a snapshot of a typical working day in general practice, and ask them what they intend to do about it.

'So please keep an eye on the website throughout the day on 11 February, and make a note of your working day. We can’t achieve this without your input.’

 

Readers' comments (7)

  • Jaimie Through many years now, myself and others have tried without success to define a 'normal' workload in LMC / BMA meetings, to have a 'safe' appointment system based on numbers.
    The Universe is maths,but our Contract has no defined work limits.
    Please do the survey [ the BMA has just published one], but the GP contract will need changed to a consultation/ appointment based system.
    If you endeavor to seek a safe working number per day in consultations, then we can begin to define unsafe. Until such time, more surveys do not have a goal.

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  • "With this survey, we want to demonstrate to commissioners and decision-makers a snapshot of a typical working day in general practice, and ask them what they intend to do about it."

    Answer : Nothing.

    There you go, no need for a survey now...

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  • Vinci Ho

    I see where you come from , Jaimie , and also understand people would have scepticism on this kind of survey . But I see this in a different angle : My opinion is Pulse has established , at least unofficially , a reputation of reflecting the dark reality of what has been happening in general practice. And as I wrote , in the past , people with different political backgrounds have been ‘monitoring’ or even ‘infiltrating’ this platform . Evidence and history are undeniable on that . In a way , Pulse is influential , in my opinion.
    So Pulse is in the perfect , political position to provide evidence on a survey to raise a narrative about the GP workload and I fully support you , Jaimie .

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  • Vinci Ho

    And I am speaking as an witness of three generations of brilliant PULSE editor : Steve , Nigel and yourself.😄

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  • CENSORSHIP?

    Payment per items of service would soon correct everything

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  • CENSORSHIP?

    it's sad that pulse has to highlight what the RCGP / BMA should be doing
    The fence must really be hurting their backsides

    All the whiles the lay public is blissfully unaware the General practice service will soon disappear

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  • CENSORSHIP?

    p.s. What are the previous pulse editors doing now ?

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