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NHS England's ten-point plan for GP workforce

NHS England has worked up a £10m 10-point plan together with Health Education England, GPC and RCGP to tackle the GP workforce crisis, dubbed the ‘new deal’ for general practice.

  1. A marketing campaign including a letter to all newly qualified doctors setting out positive aspects and future careers in general practice
  2. Offering GP trainees an additional ‘flexible’ year of training where they can train in a special interest, get an MBA in leadership skills or another academic pursuit
  3. Setting up ‘training hubs’ for GP practice staff to extend their skills
  4. A time-limited incentive scheme for GP trainees committing to work in an under-doctored area for at least three years, including financial support
  5. Reviewing current retainer schemes and investing in a new national scheme
  6. Offer premises funding to training practices focused on the agenda of transferring care into community settings
  7. Reviewing how to incentivise experienced GPs to remain in practice, for examples via a funded mentorship scheme or offer portfolio careers
  8. Piloting new general practice support staff to take workload off GPs, such as physician associates, medical assistants, clinical pharmacists and advanced practitioners (including nursing staff)
  9. Making it easer to return to practice after working overseas or taking a career break, via a new clearer induction and returner scheme
  10. Offering financial incentives to returners opting to go work in under-doctored areas and reviewing the value of the performers list in its current form

Click here to read the full 10-point plan

Readers' comments (23)

  • John Glasspool

    Risible!

    I retired 7m ago. There is nothing here to make me go back. I think a pay rise of 25% would solve the crisis at a stroke, though not for a few years of course.

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  • Before I read this I was planning on retiring in 3 years. Funny old thing, I still am. Really, what planet are they on?

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  • I'm considering retirement next year at 55 - I bet it will cheer a lot of people having a 'difficult' doctor out of the way.
    The odd bit is the fact that some GPs who are 70 and still hanging on tell me that I will get bored if I do so !
    The only thing that may prevent me from closing a Practice with 4150 patients is an incentive that will give me payment enough to employ a full time GP and a full time nurse. At present I have a GP locum 5-6 sessions and a nurse only one day a week. Global sum of 21500 pm in contrast to other Surgeries getting av of to 31000 pm for the same number of patients in the area.Stop discriminating against my patients and that will be my incentive to continue doing my bit.

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  • Inflation has eroded workers pay over the last 10 years . Recruitment has fallen in line with remuneration . Could there be a correlation ? I think it should be investigated .

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  • T Roscoe

    I left last summer and am doing a bit of committee work and running and APMS contract. With my pension I am much better off and working less than 2 days per week

    Only if offered >£15k per session with paid holidays and sick leave would I consider returning. anything less would be a pay cut

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  • Nope, still leaving GP in six weeks, early fifties.
    Try dumping Appraisal and Revalidation, reforming the GMC, closing the CQC, and losing QOF.

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  • PS it is not about the money, it is the bullying bureaucracy, the pointless box-ticking, dumping everone elses problems on us, and the endless me-me-me from the entitled demanders

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  • It is actually a lot to do with money. In order to meet current patient demand for consultations you need to provide 100 consults (face to face or telephone) per 1000 pts per week. Assuming average consult length is 10 mins of GP time this needs 1.5 GPs for every 2000 pts. The income a practice would need even if run entirely by salaried GPs comes out at approx £130 per pt per annum. In my area a PMS practice gets £85 per pt and if you add QOF etc the top income is £100 per pt. So to manage where are now needs a 30% uplift. Any other suggestion is just whistling into the wind.

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  • Bob Hodges

    Allow me to paraphrase my learned colleague Dr Costner:

    "Fund it, and it will happen."

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  • John Glasspool

    Sorry to have a second bite at the cherry but isn't the real story just that the Condems want to keep a lid on it until after May? Odd, as I suspect that some of them might still be in a government.

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