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RCGP appointing 'ambassadors' to promote GP Forward View

The RCGP is advertising for a network of paid college ‘ambassadors’ to promote NHS England’s GP Forward View on local commissioning boards. 

The college will pay back-fill costs for GPs to attend one session a week - or a fee in the event that the GP is not in full-time employment - and will also have monthly meetings with college leaders.

Ambassadors will report to a newly created RCGP executive director for the Forward View, and will be expected to ‘help influence local planning activity’. 

The RCGP fully backed NHS England’s plan for general practice over the next five years, and are badged as a development partner despite concerns from other GP groups that the plan was weak on immediate support.

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker told Pulse the ambassador scheme was an opportunity for college members to ensure the 108 measures laid out in the Forward View were realised in the profession’s best interests. 

The ambassadors will be expected to work with the 44 boards set up across England to deal with ’sustainability and transformation plans’, the five-year strategies being developed by local authorities, CCGs and area teams. 

Applications are open until 31 May with prospective ambassadors expected to be up to date on the GPFV as well as the College’s own Putting Patients First campaign, and able to immediately start working with their STP.

The advert said: ‘In light of the college’s decision to engage closely with the development and implementation of NHS England’s GP Forward View, the college has decided to appoint a national (i.e. England) network of members to help influence local planning activity, support faculty engagement and identify service development opportunities.’

‘They will maximise the impact of the college’s thinking, advisory and developmental work on local implementation.’

Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the RCGP, said: ’The GP Forward View, which was developed in partnership with the college, is true recognition of the essential role general practice plays in keeping our health service sustainable by delivering high quality, cost-effective patient care.’

She said the Forward View offers a ‘lifeline’ for the profession, adding ’ it is important that we influence its implementation at both a national and local level’.

Dr Baker added: 'I would encourage any college member who wants to play a role in ensuring the 108 pledges for general practice made in the GPFV are realised, effectively and in the best interests of both our profession and our patients, to get in contact.’

The GPC welcomed the Forward View as recognition of the need for sustained investment in general practice, but stopped short of putting their name to it.

GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul has warned immediate action was needed to avert mass resignations by GPs.

The RCGP said anyone interested in becoming an ambassador should email dean.benson@rcgp.org.uk

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Source: RCGP

Readers' comments (53)

  • commissars more like

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  • Don't bother

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  • Well they have one less membership fee to pay for this nonsense.

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  • Vinci Ho

    'Love' these jargons:
    Tsar or Czar
    Champion
    Guardian
    Success Regime
    Vanguard
    'Pilot'(DoH version)
    Ambassador

    By the way , what usually happen to these foreign ambassadors right in the middle of a war zone ?

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  • The only recognition of my value that I want to see is a reasonable increase in pay. This is a true reflection of what the government thinks of us . Of course there will be no rise ,not even part of the indemnity fees because if truth be known ministers are utterly contemptuous of general practice . Don't hold your breath for any improvement . They want rid of us and if we don't go willingly we will be pushed . Bail out now. I've got 2 months and 3 days to go.

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  • Well how bitter 4:21 - but also sadly true . Two years to fifty-five if I make it that far .

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  • Do we live in a democracy - as a member why have I not being consulted or able to consent to this

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  • More irrelevance from this Mickey Mouse royal college.

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  • Given LMC conference has voted to ballot members on strike action after Five year forward review, this move by RCGP is very naive or frankly malicious.
    Obviously if GP`s go private then there is no gravy train for RCGP and no gongs either.
    Wonder what the BMA mood on this is.
    Given the "leak" of the BMA Junior doctors team communication to HSJ today, it seems the Government is on the backfoot.

    http://www.hsj.co.uk/topics/workforce/exclusive-huge-leak-reveals-bma-plan-to-draw-out-junior-doctors-dispute/7005113.article?blocktitle=News&contentID=15303

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  • GPFV= general practice finally vanquished

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  • RCGP now in bed with Government! Are they not supposed to be acting in the interests of GP rather than behave like government lap dogs?
    Surely conflict of interest.....yep, wait for it, I will be contacting GMC.

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  • Giving general practice a FV when actually doing FA

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  • This is what your college fees go towards, people. I stopped paying mine years ago and I would never go back. Why throw your money at this awful organisation?

    I am sorry for the trainees who pay ASTRONOMICAL exam fees, only for it to be frittered away like this.

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  • Very soon she won'tbe bragging 'it's the largest membership organisation...' as there won't be any GP mebers left.

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  • For any GP Trainers out there who believe,like me, that the RCGP have finally lost all credibility, I discovered recently that you do not have to be a paid up member of the college to be a Trainer.
    Cancel that direct debit now - you will still be MRCGP, still be allowed to be a trainer, still be able to use the e-portfolio etc.

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  • GP Five Year Forward View. Reminds me of another 'Great Leap Forward" 5 year view 58-62 and that didn't end well did it?

    Although I don't have dog in this fight being almost at the point of retiring I see this GPFV cr@p as obfuscatory bullsh**. Big on promises, hot air abounding and little on substance.

    How the RCGP can tag along with this pile of steaming ordure I don't know.

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  • Members should call for a emergency meeting of 'no confidence' on her leadership or dictatorial stance. Sooner she goes, better it is for the profession-looking through the comments here -she better go/resign!

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  • the rcgp lives in a completely different world to front line gps.

    why don't the 50,000 just stop paying the rcgp ? it's just money down the drain.

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  • i believe you can just put MRCGP (year of qualifying) if you want to keep the letters?

    by paying the RCGP you are effectively supporting it and giving cover to their crazy ideas !

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  • I passed the MRCGP exam in 1989. I have NEVER paid a penny since, was a trainer for 15 years and was never criticised for using the letters after my name.
    Why pay for this destructive rubbish?

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  • The profession should consider their direct debits to this somewhat alien brotherhood of an institutuion. The Searcy's catering at Euston is very nice I have heard. Thank you members.

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  • RCGP seriously suck

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  • There is considerable anger and upset with aunt Mo - looking through the editor's moderation activity. Hope the editor is fair and unbiased perhaps all 'moderation' should be independent of editorial opinion!

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  • A big glossy brochure to dress up the fact we're getting no real investment in general practice . The need for a reasonable pay increase ( equal to inflation from 2004) is not even on the agenda .

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  • Democracy in action when the turkeys have been duped into voting for Christmas; they'd have voted Bernard Matthews for PM if he was alive.
    44 groups STP--mm ACO/HMO carve up.
    Don't pay the fees. Stop this organisation pretending to be a mouuth piece for GPs.

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  • i still don't understand how it has 50,000 members when no one that i know supports them (the RCGP)?

    why do i say that?

    if the LMCs (80 % of them) rejected the 5 year forward view package and a lot of them are presumably RCGP members then why on earth is the RCGP support the GP forward view?

    it doesn't make any sense - did the RCGP actually ask their members ? (did i miss something?)

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  • Peter Swinyard

    We must not lose sight of the fact that there is good stuff in the GP Forward View. Unfortunately there are two major roadblocks:
    [1] There is not a single mention of GP Pay. I am not alone in getting very tired of year on year cuts to income for partners and standstill for many salaried doctors. Forget what the Daily Mail may say - to retain a workforce you need to pay them. I may be in an unusual position but my income so far this year for working full time is £3000. Total. Works out at about £2.30 per hour. I unashamedly want to be paid for working.
    [2] The crisis is NOW. We need a substantial boost to the Global Sum NOW to avoid more practices going under. In Swindon, 6 practices out of 28 are trying to hand their contracts back or close lists. This is completely unsustainable.
    Get a grip RCGP. We are not all working in cosy and well earning practices. If you are at present, I can guarantee that your income will drop in the next two years.
    The time for a rescue package is now - not over a 5 year timescale when there may be nothing to rescue.

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  • Hope you are all sending/forwarding these comments to the RCGP - otherwise your frustrations - which currently appear to have not been canvassed and so not heard - will certainly not be heard and therefore not acted on now or in future.......

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  • I recently filled in a very long RCGP survey about how engaged I felt (not) and how much I was consulted (not) and whether I agreed with the direction being taken (no). Seems to have been as much use as CQC's consultation on fees

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  • "GPs declare rescue package 'inadequate' and vote in favour of industrial action"pulse
    There is a clear discrepancy here
    Two GP representative bodies presenting diametrically opposing views
    It is little wonder little progress can be made, with regard to conditions of service.
    It would be interesting to know how many general practitioners are funding both bodies simultaneously, and whether they in fact hold a third view
    One suspects both bodies are too disorganised to challenge the other, and establish their own legitemacy.
    In fairness to Mr. Hunt he will be used to dealing with professionals who act in a rational manner
    It might help if we as a profession did so

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  • What is the rate of pay and expenses?
    Is this coming out of my (scottish) subscription or funded by HMG?

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  • The number of moderate posts says it all. Maureen, you're fired!

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  • Much as I dislike Maureen and would like to pin all the blame and opprobrium on her, we must realise she can not be acting totally alone. The rest of the RCGP management/council or whatever it is must be agreeing to this wholesale excrement as well. That means the people vying to take over from Maureen agree with this current position of the RCGP.

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  • Utter rubbish

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  • Tom Robison , I'm not sure if the RCGP is a representative body.
    It SHOULD be an educational body to promote and enhance good practice.
    The BMA or another union should be a representative body

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  • Today I cancelled my RCGP membership. The forward view offers nothing now. 2 of my partners have just taken up posts in Australia. Who will replace them?

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  • Anytime the RCGP and any of its mouthpices offer an opinion its rather obvious that grassroots reject it because , more often than not, its absolute nonsensical claptrap.

    The RCGP are making themselves into a maligned and irrelevant organisation whose only function ,it seems , is to parasite off the profession and make ludicrous pronouncements most of which go against the reality on the ground and the opinion of the majority who struggle day to day, actually working in general practice.

    Its got to the stage where they seem so addled and deluded about the future of the profession that one begins to feel their is a genuine cognitive deficiency within its executive. its becoming more and more embarrassing by the day...... if you thought that confabulations such as "its never been a better time to be a GP" were bad, they seem to come up with another corker every other month.

    If the rcgp told me is was daytime i would actually have to check outside, if they shook my hand i would need to check that i didnt have any fingers missing. There needs to be a wholesale clear out of the executives that run this outfit for the sake of the future of british general practice because quite frankly enough is enough.

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  • I'm probably going to sound like a lone voice here, but at least I'm not anonymous (or paranoid). I can't help thinking we should maybe try and engage in this and at the very least try and turn this towards our favour. I agree with many of the comments before me, but I genuinely believe we are in a unique position to take this chalice, even if many believe it to be a poisonous one. We are one of the greatest professions around, and (maybe naively) I think that Simon Stevens understands this, but we can't carry on exactly as we are. So I think the College is right in engaging in this conversation in a constructive way.

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  • Let's not get personal against poor Maureen...
    Her post is coming to an end anyway...
    ? Elections for the next chair going on

    If the profession is unhappy with the RCGP ivory tower thinking
    Then bring back CCT certificates
    Mass resignation, vote of no confidence in RCGP exam

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  • Nabi, Copperfield, Pev, the LMC and most other posts seem to say just the opposite.
    My pay per item has fallen 50% in 10 years.
    But if Maureen and others think this Forward View will save General Practice, well, there you are then, problem solved.

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  • I don't get this. GPFV may or maynot be a useless proposal. RCGP may or may not be wrong about working with it. But it seems the only thing that seems somethings happening. The mass resignations etc 'all chat no action' I have been reading about for past 6 months. Is it not detrimental to patient care? Those who are disgruntled with their jobs can innovate, change or go abroad. Those who have huge mortgages and other struggles : this mass resigning option may not sound as the sweetest ones! What if the government calls the GPCs bluff and let the GPs who have resigned go private? Striking is not the answer to let an irrational bully government see sense suddenly. And it affects patient care. Again like one of my previous colleagues this is probably a very naive view and personal but I am not being anonymous and just sharing my current flow of thoughts. Happy to be corrected if I am completely wrong but to me RCGP is choosing to side with the lesser and the less insane of the two evils in my opinion.

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  • 1. everybody agrees demand is going up
    2. everybody agrees that supply is going down (real terms funding and staff)
    3. everybody (now) agrees we have a staffing crisis across the board - the NHS five year forward view is in recognition of this and JH and SS have come out to say they have recognized that General Practice has been starved of funds.
    4. one of the contributing factors to the Mid-Staffs scandal was staffing issues - if you do not look after staff (proper experienced staffing numbers) you will get poor care.
    5. the lengthening of waiting times etc demonstrates the public are already getting poor care right now
    6. the 5YF is a 'promise' that things are going to be done but is package to help primary care not GPs. The crisis is now and things need to done right now.
    7. the RCGP has decided to back the 5YF as they see there is no other option to 'save' the NHS and primary care.
    8. The GPC vote shows that GPs (who voted) realize that something needs to be done now and that the 5YF doesn't to anything for GPs.
    9. Things are going to get worse for individual GPs as locum costs are tackled, expenses goes up, more targets, income goes down, 7 day working, more expectations etc etc
    10. the 5YF will help some GPs but ignores a lot of frontline GPs for whom there is nothing to lose from leaving the NHS. For some GPs they will be better off in private independent practice. This is the reality.
    11. The 5YF is classic divide and rule.

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  • BMA, the only useful organisation that can do anything useful. My fee goes to the BMA.
    Now even harder to recruit as they become ambassadors.....

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  • I will be putting my name forward for this important role. I will happily go around the country telling doctors to avoid general practice in the UK like the plague.

    That is until we have more say in how we can look after our patients without the meddling from this pathetic, toothless college, successive governments, the CQC and all the other bodies who purport to represent us.

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  • What a dreadful job this is. Anyone who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves. If you are one of the deluded ones do a straw poll of your colleagues. Find out how many are taking SSRIs in this Shangri la. There is no hope. The forward view gives no one hope this misery will end.

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  • RCGP have become a part of the problem and not the solution.

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