Westminster Health Forum

Primary care in England and implementing the NHS Long Term Plan

Morning, Wednesday, 5th June 2019

15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London SE1 8DJ


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.

The seminar will also consider the priorities for the delivery of the recently agreed-upon GP contract and its impact on the implementation of ambitions within the NHS Long Term Plan - particularly in the areas of funding, education and training, and collaborative working.

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.

Sessions will assess the planned introduction of a primary care network contract from July 2019, which is set to ensure closer working between networks and their Integrated Care System and increased funding for 20,000 more health professionals.

Attendees will examine the key issues for implementation and the potential impact on the co-ordination of personalised care and the further development of multidisciplinary teams.

It comes as interim community pharmacy funding has been agreed between the Department of Health and Social Care and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, while negotiations on the future role of community pharmacists in primary care networks begin.

The seminar follows the recent publication of the final recommendations of the GP Partnership Review, which made seven recommendations to reduce the risk associated with GP partnerships - including establishing Primary Care Networks with multidisciplinary community health teams. 

Delegates will assess the impact of the Review on reducing risk and supporting workforce development, as well as the way forward for delivering recommendations and aligning goals to the NHS Long Term Plan.

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 and the early impact of the government-backed GP indemnity scheme, which was introduced from 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 Raj Patel

Deputy Medical Director, Primary Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement and GP, The Brooke Surgery, Hyde

Keynote Speakers

Dr Raj Patel

Deputy Medical Director, Primary Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement and GP, The Brooke Surgery, Hyde

Ian Biggs

Director, Primary Care Workforce and Infrastructure Programmes, NHS England

Dr Mark Hamilton

Executive Clinical Director, Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership


Peter Dowd MP

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Health Group and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Baroness Cumberlege

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Health Group

Baroness Cumberlege

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Health Group


Genevieve Smyth

Professional Advisor, Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Dr Nigel Watson

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

Dr Richard Vautrey

Chair, General Practitioners’ Committee, BMA

Patricia Mecinska

Chief Executive, COGS

Dr Christine Tomkins

Chief Executive, Medical Defence Union

Steve Holland

Lead for Primary and Community Care Integration, Norfolk County Council

Dr Rebecca Rosen

Senior Fellow, Nuffield Trust and GP

Dr Crystal Oldman

Chief Executive, The Queen’s Nursing Institute

Malcolm Harrison

Chief Executive, Company Chemists’ Association