Westminster Health Forum

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


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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates