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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

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Source: RCGP

Readers' comments (53)

  • 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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