In October 2013, the former Prime Minister announced a new £50 million Challenge Fund to help improve access to general practice and stimulate innovative ways of providing primary care services, of which NHS England were asked to lead the process of inviting practices to submit innovative bids and oversee the programme. The first wave of twenty pilots was announced in April 2014. View more detailed information on what each of the 20 wave one pilots are doing.
Further funding of £100 million for 2015/16 was announced by the former Prime Minister on 30 September 2014 for a second wave. This second wave of 37 schemes was announced in April 2015. View more detailed information on what each of the wave two schemes.
Bringing both waves together, the two cohorts give 57 pilots covering over 18 million population (a third of the country) in over 2,500 practices that will benefit from improved access and transformational change at local level.
For more information in regards to any aspect of this programme or wider GP access, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.