Intermediate and intensive general practice improvement support

Tailored ‘hands on’ support is available to practices and primary care networks (PCNs) to help implement modern general practice and realise benefits quickly.

This is divided into ‘intermediate’ and ‘intensive’ offers:

  • Intermediate (practice): three months of support with a facilitator.
  • Intermediate (PCN): 12 half-day sessions over a flexible time period.
  • Intensive (practice): six months of support with a facilitator.

Practices can nominate themselves for intermediate or intensive hands on support by registering to join our next information webinar: Intermediate and intensive support for practices – introductory webinar registration form.

PCNs can nominate themselves for the intermediate support by registering to join our next engagement webinar.

Practices or PCNs participating in the intermediate or intensive support will need to have access to data from their telephony system.

Integrated care boards (ICBs) have also been asked to nominate practices and PCNs who would benefit from intensive and intermediate hands-on support.

Support level framework

The Support level framework (SLF) is a tool to support organisations in understanding their development needs and where they are on the journey to embedding modern general practice – as there is no “one size fits all” approach to improvement.​ The SLF has been co-produced with general practice teams. It has been clinically developed based on knowledge and experience, together with academic research and documented best practice where available. ​It allows organisations to understand what they do well and opportunities for improvement.​

The Practice SLF should be completed via a facilitated conversation with members of the practice team with honest reflection encouraged.​ The findings should then be used alongside available data to agree priorities for improvement and development of an action plan.​ The outputs of the SLF and action plan are owned locally by the practice. The SLF is not a performance management tool.​

ICBs have been asked to enable facilitated SLF conversations to take place in all practices during 2023/24, to help practices to better understand their support needs and improvement priorities and to help ICBs provide the right type of ongoing support to practices.

Practices or PCNs that have not yet had a facilitated conversation using the SLF can still be put forward for the national General Practice Programme hands-on support.