NHS70: spotlight on primary care

A grandmother spends time with her grandchildren

The first contact that most patients have with the NHS is in primary care. It is the front door of the health service.

In the 70 years since the NHS was formed, the health needs of the population have changed with a greater number of people living longer, many with complex health needs.

Services are under increasing pressure and to meet these demands, primary care has evolved and continues to change to provide high quality services for patients now and in the future.

We will be showcasing over the coming weeks how primary care has changed, the exciting things happening now and a look to the future across general practice, dentistry, eye care services and community pharmacy.

Find out more about primary care

Then and now: a brief history of general practice and pharmacy

Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds is the point of departure for a journey through the history of general practice and pharmacy, from humble beginnings to a modern NHS building on 70 years of innovation in primary care.

This film is presented by Dr Richard Vautrey, Leeds GP and chair of the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners’ Committee for England.

NHS70: changing roles in primary care

As part of the NHS70 celebrations, NHS England has compiled a video of the changing roles in primary care.

Watch this video and hear from a dentist, optometrist, GP, general practice nurse and pharmacists about how their roles have changed since 1948.


This is good news for patients and GPs

The Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer looks at the benefits of relaxing the current criteria for clinical pharmacists in general practice: NHS England has committed to providing 2,000 clinical pharmacists in general practice by 2020-21. There are already over 810 in post full time and the new entry criteria is aimed at encouraging even more into the…