Stronger GP services are the cornerstone of delivering a new deal for primary care.
The General Practice Forward View has set out the importance of investment in premises and technology to enable transformation in general practice. The Estates and Technology Transformation Fund (formerly the Primary Care Transformation Fund) is a multi-million pound investment to accelerate the development of infrastructure to enable the improvement and expansion of joined-up out of hospital care for patients. Additional capital will also be invested in general practice which means that the overall total capital investment in over the next five years will be £900 million.
In January 2015, GPs were invited to submit bids for investment in 2015/16. The majority of bids have focused on helping GP practices make much needed improvements in access to clinical services by extending existing GP premises. While this part of the bidding process has ended, the process of reviewing these bids continues.
- View case studies where this funding is already having an impact in GP practices across the country.
In October 2015, local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were invited to put forward proposals for future investment in line with their local estates and digital plans.
- Guidance setting out the criteria and process for CCG to make their investment proposals
- General and technical Q&As
Investment in the GP estate is needed, not just to improve existing facilities, but to increase flexibility to accommodate multi-disciplinary teams. This will add to the range of care they provide for patients, add more training facilities and greater use of technology. This is needed to facilitate primary care at scale and enable a wider range of services for patients.
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