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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)

  • 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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