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Priorities for general practice in England - the GP contract and the NHS Long Term Plan, the workforce, service redesign, safety, and learning from COVID-19

Morning, Tuesday, 3rd November 2020

Online Conference


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be a timely opportunity to examine key issues and next steps for general practice in England.

Areas for discussion include:

  • how General Practice has been adapting and innovating during the COVID-19 pandemic and what can learned for the future
  • key and emerging issues for General Practice including:
    • recruitment, retention and training
    • supporting GP wellbeing in the wake of COVID-19 and into the future
    • the impact of changes to indemnity
    • upgrading and enhancing practice infrastructure
  • priorities and issues for meeting goals in the NHS long term plan
  • opportunities for service redesign and the use of innovative technology - Primary Care Networks, digital services, regulation and the GP partnership model
  • the GP contract

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

The discussion in detail:

  • Key issues for the delivery of the GP contract and the framework for services over the next five years, including progress on:
    • addressing workforce issues
    • improving the Quality and Outcomes Framework
    • implementing the NHS Long Term Plan
  • The COVID-19 pandemic, with discussion expected on:
    • what can be learned from the general practice response to the pandemic, in areas including care delivery across all patient groups, collaboration across local systems and resource sharing, using online and virtual consultations, and protecting staff wellbeing
    • processes, practice and strategies that will stay in place after the pandemic recedes
    • how to phase back into reopening general practice and resume normal operations
    • the impact on progress on the NHS Long Term Plan and the implementation of other policy initiatives
  • Key issues for meeting targets in the NHS LTP, including:
    • utilising additional funding
    • supporting integrated care and commissioning arrangements
    • developing education and training to support multi-disciplinary teams
  • Priorities for the GP workforce and the progress of measures to address the workforce shortfall and meet goals set out in the GP contract, looking at:
    • the role of the GP Health Service in supporting GPs
    • next steps for addressing issues such as GP wellbeing, burnout, the cost of indemnity, and workforce morale during the pandemic
  • The role of Primary Care Networks in joining up services with urgent care in local areas - in line with the aim of a stabilised GP partnership model by 2023/24 - including priorities for developing network contracts, supporting the health of local communities, and development of multi-disciplinary teams
  • The role of digital technology in service delivery - in line with proposals for digital-first primary care being available to every patient by 2023/24 under the NHS Long Term Plan - including:
    • opportunities for maintaining advances in digital care with patients accessing remote consultations during COVID-19 and GPs using new technology to care for patients at home
    • what more could be done to support practices in implementing digital technologies, secure equitable access for patients, and develop fair commissioning arrangements
  • The future for primary care premises

The agenda:

  • Meeting goals within the NHS Long Term Plan for general practice and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Delivering effective care through the COVID-19 pandemic and how this can inform the future of general practice
  • Key issues for GP services in England: recruitment, retention and multi-disciplinary teams:
    • Priorities for education and training and developing the workforce
    • Supporting GP wellbeing, reducing burnout and the role of the GP Health Service
    • The impact of the new state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs
    • The developing role of pharmacists in care delivery
    • The support for social and community care during the pandemic
  • The future for the regulation of general practice: patient safety, care quality and increasing access to services
  • Moving forward with service redesign: new models of care, utilising technology, primary care estates, and learning from COVID-19:
    • Primary Care Networks and the role of GPs in integrating care
    • Key issues for digital-first primary care
    • Upgrading practice infrastructure: funding, design and development
    • Progress since the GP Partnership Review
  • Next steps for delivering the GP contract

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This seminar looks no different. Places have been already been reserved by officials from the Department of Health and Social Care; the Cabinet Office; and the National Audit Office.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Professor Martin Marshall

Chair, RCGP

Keynote Speakers

Professor Martin Marshall

Chair, RCGP

Dr Raj Patel

Deputy National Medical Director, Primary Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Dr Kiren Collison

Clinical Chair, Oxfordshire CCG


Baroness Thornton


Matthew Walker

Director of Business and Strategy Development, National Association of Primary care

Jon Webb

Senior Development Manager, Assura

Dr Maggie Keeble

Interim Clinical Director for Integrated Care Services, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Dr Umang Patel

Director, NHS Services, Babylon

Malcolm Harrison

Chief Executive, Company Chemists’ Association

Dr Clare Gerada

Medical Director, NHS Practitioner Health and Co-Chair, NHS Assembly

Dr Nigel Watson

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

Helen Vernon

Chief Executive, NHS Resolution

Dr Rachel Roberts

Primary Care Dean, North Central and East London, Health Education England