Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for general practice in England: Primary Care Networks, digital technology and delivering the GP contract

Morning, Tuesday, 24th March 2020

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin street, London SW1X 7DR


This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for general practice in England.

It takes place in the context of:

  • The latest GP contract with its focus on the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan;
  • The development of Primary Care Networks across the country; and
  • Goals to offer digital-first primary care to patients by 2023/24.

Attendees will assess 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; and
  • Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Professor Martin Marshall, Chair, RCGP;
  • Dr Raj Patel, Deputy National Medical Director, Primary Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement; and
  • Vicki Wells, Deputy Chief Inspector, Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care for London, CQC.

Further confirmed speakers include: Paul Bate, Babylon; Dr Clare Gerada, NHS Practitioner Health and NHS Assembly; Malcolm Harrison, Company Chemists’ Association; Helen Vernon, NHS Resolution; Dr Nigel Watson, GP Partnership Review and Wessex Local Medical Committee and Jon Webb, Assura.

The agenda

  • The NHS Long Term Plan for general practice and meeting its goals;
  • GP services in England: key issues for recruitment, retention, and multi-disciplinary teams:
    • Education, training, and developing the workforce;
    • GP wellbeing, reducing burnout, and the role of the GP Health Service;
    • The new state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs - assessing its impact; and
    • Pharmacists in care delivery - their developing role.
  • Regulation of general practice: patient safety, care quality, and increasing access to services;
  • Service redesign: new models of care, utilising technology, and primary care estates - including:
    • Primary Care Networks and the role of GPs in integrating care;
    • Digital-first primary care;
    • Upgrading practice infrastructure; and
    • The GP Partnership Review - examining progress.
  • The GP contract - next steps for delivery.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Health Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: DHSC; HM Treasury; the Cabinet Office; and the National Audit Office.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Martin Marshall

Chair, RCGP

Keynote Speakers

Dr Raj Patel

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

Vicki Wells

Deputy Chief Inspector, Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care for London

Professor Martin Marshall

Chair, RCGP


Baroness Thornton


Matthew Walker

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

Jon Webb

Senior Development Manager, Assura

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