General Practice Forward View

A GP with a patient

About the GP Forward View

Help for struggling practices, plans to reduce workload, expansion of a wider
workforce, investment in technology and estates and a national development programme to speed up transformation of services.


We are beginning to reverse historic underinvestment in general practice with real terms funding increasing by eight percent in the last three years. By 2021, an extra £2.4 billion will go into general practice each year.


There will be at least 10,000 more staff working in general practice by 2020/21 - 5,000 more doctors and 5,000 other staff like clinical pharmacists, nurses, and physicians associates.


One of the biggest challenges facing general practice is the workload placed on staff and practices. We are supporting practices to reduce and better manage their workload.

Practice infrastructure

We are investing in improving GP buildings and technology as well as range of other support. This is designed to improve services for patients and enable a wider range of health services closer to where they live.

Care redesign

We are supporting practices to strengthen and redesign general practice, including delivering extended access in primary care and to find new ways of working through training and development.

Watch the GP Forward View animation

General practice is at the heart of the care provided by the NHS. The need to invest in general practice has never felt more important for the long term sustainability of the NHS.

We have recognised the pressures faced and improvements are already underway thanks to the GP Forward View.

This animation explains the changes and additional support that are being rolled out as part of the GP Forward View.