GP Forward View will be high on agenda at RCGP Annual Conference 2016

The GP Forward View will take centre stage at the RCGP Annual Conference in Harrogate this year, with plenary speakers and workshops addressing many of the key issues.

NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan
NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan

More than 1,500 delegates are expected to hear the latest on the new transformation plans for general practice from key figures at the DH and NHS England.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will speak on the first day of the event, which runs from 6-8 October 2016, fresh from the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

Dr Arvind Madan, a London GP and NHS England’s new director of primary care, will also take to the stage having promised an extra £2.4bn a year for general practice by 2020/21 and a £500m national ‘turnaround’ fund to support practices.

Plans to strengthen general practice

Dr Madan says the plans will help reduce GP workload and strengthen general practice, envisaging a core GP role in first contact care, as well as leading large, multidisciplinary teams with greater links to hospitals and social care.

Many of the 45 workshop sessions at the conference will focus on issues related to the GP Forward View, including a practical look at demand management in practices from NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement Team, and tips on developing skill mix by recruiting paramedics, pharmacists and physician assistants to practice teams.

There are lessons from new models of care being launched around the UK, and an in-depth session on working at scale, bringing together pioneers of GP federations and super-practices, plus advice on harnessing the energy of patients in the co-production of services.

Click here to find out more about the programme for the RCGP Annual Conference 2016 and book your place

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