Workforce

Our Workforce programme aims to deliver the vision and ambitious targets set out in the General Practice Forward View (GP Forward View) to expand, develop and transform the primary care workforce by 2020.

Our programme incorporates and builds on the successes of the 10 Point Plan which was launched in January 2015 as part of the Five Year Forward View.

We need a strong workforce to achieve the vision in the GP Forward View and we are working in partnership with Health Education England (HEE), the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association (BMA) to deliver an extra 10,000 staff and to strengthen the primary care workforce by 2020/21.

We plan to build, recruit and return the general practice workforce by

  • Increasing the number of GPs in general practice by a minimum of 5,000
  • Growing the multidisciplinary workforce by a minimum of 5,000 – including nurses, pharmacists, mental health workers, physician associates and others
  • Increasing GP training capacity and establishing new post CCT fellowships to provide further training opportunities in areas of poorest GP recruitment

Informing the General Practice Forward View

The general practice workforce ’10 Point Plan’ committed to ‘conduct a detailed review to identify the most effective measures to encourage experienced GPs to remain within practice’.

We asked Ipsos MORI to conduct some research which included focus groups with GPs and medical students to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing GPs. We also commissioned PRUcomm to collate existing evidence and research on retention and recruitment to support and inform future GP workforce plans.

The insight gained from these pieces of research helped inform the development of the General Practice Forward View which was launched April 2016 and includes a range of initiatives to grow and support the general practice workforce, including:

  • Increasing the number of GPs in general practice by a minimum of 5,000
  • Growing the multidisciplinary workforce by a minimum of 5,000 – including nurses, pharmacists, mental health workers, physician associates and others
  • Working with HEE, RCGP and other organisations to kick start the General Practice Forward View to raise the profile of the general practice profession through campaigns such as #nothinggeneral and Think GP
  • Increasing GP training capacity and establishing new post CCT fellowships to provide further training opportunities in areas of poorest GP recruitment
  • Releasing the first £16m of the new £40 million Practice Resilience Programme, to help struggling practices across the country.
  • Giving every practice in the country the opportunity to receive training and development support through the first phase of the 3 year £30 million general practice development programme
  • Fully offsetting the rising cost of GP indemnity

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