Westminster Health Forum

The future for general practice in England: workforce, partnerships and reforming the QOF

Morning, Thursday, 20th September 2018

Central London


This seminar will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the future for general practice in England.

It will be an opportunity to consider what further measures might be taken to improve recruitment and retention rates - in light of Government targets to increase GP numbers by 5,000 by 2020 and the announcement by NHS England of a new £10 million fund to help retain GPs.

The seminar also comes as the Prime Minister recently set out a 5-year NHS funding plan to give the NHS financial security to develop a 10-year plan and also announced changes to the Tier 2 rules restricting the hiring of foreign doctors.

Delegates will assess the progress of schemes such as the International GP Recruitment Programme, which aims to recruit 2,000 overseas doctors over three years - and the challenges for addressing concerns about declining GP numbers.

Attendees will also consider what more might be done to tackle the rising cost of GP indemnity, following the former Secretary of State’s announcement of plans to develop a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs from April 2019 - in addition to the impact of professional regulation reform, following the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultation Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation.

Further sessions will examine key themes emerging from the independent review into the GP partnership model, measures from the new GP contract, and possible next steps for completing the roll out of the Electronic Prescription Service and the full implementation of the e-Referral Service.

Guest of Honour

Dr Edward Scully

Deputy Director, Primary Care, Department of Health and Social Care

Guest of Honour

Dr Edward Scully

Deputy Director, Primary Care, Department of Health and Social Care

Keynote Speakers

Dr Clare Gerada

Medical Director, NHS Practitioner Health Programme and Council Member, BMA

Professor Martin Marshall

Vice Chair, External Affairs, RCGP

Professor Dame Donna Kinnair

Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice, Royal College of Nursing

Dr Christine Tomkins

Chief Executive, Medical Defence Union

Gabi Darby

Deputy Director, Primary Care Contracts, NHS England


Dr Michelle Drage

Chief Executive, Londonwide LMCs

Jonathan Murphy

Chief Executive Officer, Assura and Chair, Healthcare Committee, British Property Federation

Dr Bob Kirk

Deputy Postgraduate Dean, Primary Care, Health Education England

Dr Rebecca Rosen

Senior Fellow, Nuffield Trust

Neil Tester

Deputy Director, Healthwatch England

James Roach

Programme Director, Integrated Care, West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group