NHS England has launched a review into the regulations surrounding the GP performers list, in a bid to root out ‘unnecessary burdens, duplication and overlap’.
This comes as Pulse last month reported that GPs were still having trouble and facing long delays in signing up to the English performers list from other UK nations or changing their employment status using the online portal.
In a primary care bulletin sent yesterday (1 June), NHS England said the review, which commenced on 17 May, aims to ‘identify and remove unnecessary burdens, duplication and overlap’ in the system for those working in primary care, fitting under a wider target to reduce bureaucracy across health and social care.
NHS England said the review will be completed by 17 September 2021, with recommendations to be considered in the autumn. However, any proposed changes will be subject to a public consultation.
NHS England said: ‘[The] DHSC has commissioned NHSEI to review the England Medical Performers List (EMPL) Regulations in the context of the wider regulatory landscape in operation across England.
‘This review will identify where regulatory requirements can be streamlined and simplified, while maintaining the high professional standards that ensure patient safety.’
Primary Care Support England (PCSE), which is outsourced by NHS England to private company Capita, took the performers list application process online in 2019 in a bid to simplify it.
However, in that same year, GP Survival said it heard of numerous cases where GPs were being affected by performers list issues, including problems with their pensions and even at times being unable to practise.
In November, the Government published the response to its much-awaited bureaucracy consultation, which featured eight priority areas for action, including giving GPs more time to focus on clinical work and improving patient care, streamlining medical appraisals and ensuring ‘proportionate and intelligent’ regulation.