Primary and Secondary Care Interface

The General Practice Forward View made a commitment to establish a new working group to drive action to improve the current interface between primary and secondary care and reduce workload shifting unnecessarily from hospitals to general practice.

The Working Group was established in the September 2016 and has worked collaboratively to identify the main issues and to agree initial priorities for the group to focus on. Examples include:

  • Improving communication between primary and secondary care
  • Inclusion of new measures in the NHS Standard Contract aimed at improving processes across the interface and developing appropriate guidance and mechanisms to support full implementation of the measures
  • Identifying and sharing best practice and innovative ways of working
  • Establishing a Prescribing Task and Finish Group to look at options to address some of issues associated with prescribing across the interface

Membership of the group includes:

  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • BMA General Practitioners Committee
  • BMA Consultants Committee
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • National Association of Patient Participation
  • NHS Improvement
  • NHS Clinical Commissioners
  • Secondary Care Representation