Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for primary care in England and implementing the NHS Long Term Plan

Morning, Wednesday, 5th June 2019

Central London


This timely conference focuses on next steps for primary care in England.

Delegates will assess the priorities for the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan and the allocation of the new £4.5bn funding for primary and community care over the next five years.

We expect discussion on meeting workforce shortages and easing workload pressures, improving patient satisfaction and achieving NHS England’s aim of creating fully integrated community-based health care.

Following the commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to ensure that every patient in England will have access to a digital-first primary care option in the next five years, sessions will also examine the impact of the expanding use of technology in primary care - including sustainability, patient safety and variation.

Delegates will also assess the GP Partnership Model Review, following the release of the interim report in October, which outlined options for revitalising the partnership model of general practice - including addressing key issues associated with workload, workforce, risk, status and system leadership.

We expect discussion on the way primary care and secondary work together - coming as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announces a review into overprescribing in the NHS, looking into creating a more efficient handover between general practice and hospitals. 

Attendees will discuss options for tackling the rising cost of indemnity, including the announced development of a government-backed indemnity scheme for GPs, due to be published in April 2019.

Further sessions will examine the future for primary care premises, as the Government, in collaboration with NHS England and other stakeholders, undertakes a review of General Practice Premises Policy to identify how to ensure that general practice premises are fit for purpose.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Nikita Kanani

Acting Director of Primary Care, NHS England

Keynote Speaker

Dr Nikita Kanani

Acting Director of Primary Care, NHS England


Dr Nigel Watson

Chief Executive, Wessex Local Medical Committee and Independent Chair, GP Partnership Review

Dr Richard Vautrey

Chair, General Practitioners’ Committee, BMA

Dr Mark Hamilton

Executive Clinical Director, Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership

Dr Rebecca Rosen

Senior Fellow, Nuffield Trust and GP, South East London

Dr Crystal Oldman

Chief Executive, The Queen’s Nursing Institute