Supporting general practice – the General Practice Forward View in action

NHS England ran special free events across Midlands and East between February and April to discuss the General Practice Forward View, looking at what has been delivered so far and what opportunities are available to help support general practice for the future.

These events were for GPs, practice managers, other health professionals working in general practice, commissioners and anyone else interested in looking to ensure that the best possible improvements for general practice are achieved in Midlands and East.

Organised and supported jointly by NHS England, the RCGP and Health Education England, each event focused on an individual STP footprint and had its own programme, designed by local clinicians to address local interests and needs, where those attending could:

  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities for general practice in the area;
  • Find out first-hand about initiatives which are already supporting GPs and practices, including new workforce roles and schemes like clinical pharmacists in general practice; and
  • Learn what is available to them through our General Practice Forward View plan (from resilience funding, GP career plus, and the GP health service, to our peer support team and new technology).

Feedback from the events that were held was very positive with comments like:

  • Useful to share learning and for networking
  • Opportunity to share a consistent message across the area
  • Thought provoking on new ways of working
  • Good selection of presentations
  • Enjoyable event

and delegates saying they would:

  • Look at the structure of their practice and streamlining
  • Definitely apply lessons from the APNI pharmacists talk
  • Work more closely with GPs, nurses and wider clinicians
  • Think more about working at scale and skill mix
  • Expand workforce.

NHS England (Midlands and East) will continue to engage on GP Forward View plans locally over the coming months. If you would like to know more, please contact

Improving Access to General Practice – Delivering the planning guidance

NHS England has been hosting a number of regional engagement workshops which aim to support CCGs, GPs and Practice Managers to develop and rollout extended access to general practice services. This is in line with plans set out in NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2017 and the General Practice Forward View.

The regional engagement workshop for the Midlands and East is being held on 25 July at the Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel, Leicester from 12 noon – 5pm.

The focus of this workshop will be on sharing learning from existing GP Access Fund schemes in the Midlands and East region, as well as providing practical advice and guidance on several key areas, including addressing health inequalities in general practice.

Register for the event here.

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