This timely conference focused on next steps for primary care in England.
Delegates assessed the priorities for the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan and the allocation of the £4.5bn funding for primary and community care over the next five years.
There was 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 also considered the priorities for the delivery of the GP contract and its impact on the implementation of ambitions within the NHS Long Term Plan.
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 also examined the impact of the expanding use of technology in primary care.
Sessions assessed the planned introduction of a primary care network contract from July 2019 - including the key issues for implementation and the potential impact on the co-ordination of personalised care and the further development of multidisciplinary teams.
The seminar followed the publication of the final recommendations of the GP Partnership Review. Delegates assessed 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.
There was discussion on the way primary care and secondary work together - coming as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced a review into overprescribing in the NHS.
Attendees also discussed 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.
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