Patients across the country are starting to benefit from innovative pilot schemes that are trialing improvements to GP access, funded by the £50m Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund.
Twenty GP collaborations have been awarded funds to transform primary services in their areas and improve the patient experience.
A wide variety of innovative ideas are being tested including extended opening hours, more ways for patients to access services and new services to better support patients with complex needs.
All the pilots are now underway. For more details see the overview of all the pilot schemes.
NHS England is now working with the pilots as part of a national development and evaluation programme, to share learning with all practices across England and spread innovation.
Alongside the pilots, we have also created an Associate Network to support a further 25 areas. This national network links innovative practice clusters both regionally and nationally, to accelerate learning, drive service transformation and benefit patients.
For more information about the individual pilots and the PM Challenge Fund see:
About the PM Challenge Fund
In October 2013, the Prime Minister announced the Challenge Fund to improve access to general practice and test innovative ways of delivering GP services. NHS England was asked to lead on selecting and managing the pilot schemes.
In December 2013, NHS England invited GP practices to submit their ‘expressions of interest’ (EOIs) to be one of the pilots, before selecting the final list of successful schemes in April 2014.