Dr James Kingsland OBE, President of the National Association of Primary Care
Dr Tracey J Vell-G.P- Chief Executive LMC-Assoc. Lead for primary and community care GMHSCP
Dr Sohail Munshi Chair of Manchester Primary Care Partnership Professor
Jim Parle, Professor of Primary Care & Assistant in General Practice, Institute for Clinical Sciences, The University of Birmingham.
- Benefit from insights into developments in NHS policy and learn how these changes could impact on the future of primary care
- Have your questions answered by leading experts in primary care and clinical commissioning
- Explore our exhibitions space, talk to suppliers and be the first to see the latest technology, software and support services which are helping GPs deliver a better patient experience
- Connect with other high quality delegates from across primary care and discuss potential solutions to shared problems
- Plan ahead and anticipate what changes to health policy could mean for your practice
The Primary Care Conference boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from the primary care sector and across the NHS. Each one has been handpicked based on their experience and professional background to ensure that all delegates benefit from relevant, high-quality presentations. Expect speakers to cover a wide variety of topics including:
Meeting growing need: By 2033, the Royal College of Physicians predicts there will be 3.2 million people aged 85 and older in the UK, presenting a massive challenge to primary care workers in the NHS. In addition to this, the NHS Five Year Forward View stresses the need from primary care to play a more active role in early intervention, prevention and improving general public health. What changes need to be made on order to meet these challenges?
Seven day NHS: In 2015, the Royal College of General Practitioners gave tentative support to the Government’s proposals for a seven day a week NHS, arguing the concept could work “where it is practicable and where there is a clear demand”. The body highlighted that 60% of GP surgeries already offer some form of extended hours service and that out of hours GP services are available at any time. Experts have called for an extra £750 million a year up to 2020 in order to achieve the Government’s aim. Is a seven day NHS a realistic prospect in primary care and how can it be made into a reality?
The GP Forward View: The GPFV is a five year programme of improvements and investment designed to drive up standards and re-structure the primary care sector to meet changing levels of need. This will include £2.4 billion a year by 2020/21 to expand GP services, £206 million to recruit new doctors and practice nurses and £16 million to help staff who are suffering from stress and over work. As part of the health devolution deal for Greater Manchester, the region has been allocated a separate transformation fund to spend on improving primary care. What impact will the forward view have on primary care and how can GPs make the most of the support?
Impact of Clinical Commissioning Groups: A 2015 report by the King’s Fund found that 26% of GPs without a formal CCG role felt negative about the move to co-commissioning. A further 43% remain neutral while they wait to discover what the long term impact of the policy will be. Despite this mixed response, CCGs will have a key role to play when it comes to implementing the reforms set out in the GP Forward View. What impact have CCGs had on primary care so far and how will they help shape the future of the sector?
Technology and infrastructure: Public satisfaction with general practice remains comparatively high, but an increasing number of patients have reported difficulty securing appointments and accessing services. The NHS has offered greater support to help GPs introduce smartphone apps and make better use of phone, email and webcam consultations. Similar investments are planned for infrastructure and programmes to pool resources and share services. How can investment in technology and infrastructure make services more efficient and improve patient satisfaction?