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Funding of £50 million will be used to help GPs by addressing workload and recruitment issues in primary care.

 

Among the developments being proposed are:

  • £20.5 million will be allocated over the next three years to GP practices under the Primary Care Transformation Fund to prototype the new vision for the GP contract, including those wishing to use new ways of working to address current demand;
  • £16.2 million will be allocated to recruit up to 140 new pharmacist independent prescribers who will work directly with GP practices;
  • £2.5 million will be invested in the GP Recruitment and Retention Programme to examine and take forward proposals to increase the number of medical students choosing to go into GP training, as well as encouraging those wanting to work in rural and economically deprived areas;
  • £6 million will be allocated via the Digital Services Development Fund to support and accelerate the use of digital service by GP practices, including funding the development of online appointment booking and webGP;
  • £1.5 million will be spent purchasing pachymeters for all optometrists in Scotland, enabling them to screen for patients suspected of developing glaucoma;
  • £1.05 million will be used to further develop the Leadership Programme for GPs with work already underway between the RCG, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council;
  • £750,000 will be allocated via the Active and Independent Living Fund to create three Allied Health Professional regional improvement advisors to support changes to frontline service so that AHPs can better support active and independent living;
  • £1.25 million will be invested in the Scottish School of Primary Care, a ‘virtual school’ which encourages and co-ordinates a cohesive programme of research and training of primary care in Scotland.

Announcing the funding allocation, Scotland’s Health Secretary Shona Robison acknowledged that many GPs find workload and recruitment issues challenging. “This £60 million of additional funding into primary care is our first step towards addressing some of those immediate challenges, as we look to ensure our GP services are on a firm footing for the future,” she said.

“The Primary Care Fund provides an initial impetus to encourage GPs to try new ways of working over the next three years, helping to address the problems of recruitment and retention that are common to primary care services across the UK.

“We’re also working on a completely new GP contract to be in place by 2017, which will implement much of the learning from the next few years to redesign these services in a collaborative way. Our commitment to having a public debate on the future of NHS services beyond 2020 will include a focus on what patients, the public and health professionals think about their primary care services and what models of care would work best.”

Dr Alan McDevitt, Chair of the BMA’s Scottish GP Committee, said: “As health and social care integration structures develop, investment in leadership training will provide GPs with additional skills to influence the design and delivery of community services for their patients.

“The recruitment of additional pharmacists working directly with GPs will provide much needed support and I would hope that in the long term this investment could be extended so that every practice in Scotland would be able to have a practice-based pharmacist.”

Dr Elaine McNaughton, RCGP (Scotland) Deputy Chair (Policy), pointed out that RCGP Scotland had released ‘A blueprint for Scottish general practice’ a few days earlier. “We are pleased to see some of its recommendations being followed,” she said. “We will support all investment to increase recruitment to what is an extremely rewarding career choice but also believe that the situation requires a much larger response.

Links:

Scottish Government announcement    

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