Guest Editorial - RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada - How GPs can transform the NHS

Wednesday 3 October marks the start of the RCGP annual primary care conference in Glasgow, an exhausting but exhilarating three and a half days as we debate key issues affecting general practice.

One of the main topics will be 2022GP (GP, 26 September), our call to put general practice at the heart of the transformation of the NHS over the next 10 years.

There are only a few days left to take part in our largest-ever consultation on how we can deliver better care and a healthier population by 2022.

A compendium of evidence demonstrates how general practice can and should be the driving force for transforming the NHS. The consultation looks at four areas:

  • UK general practice's current role - vital for high quality, integrated, cost-effective services for patients closer to home.
  • General practice as a driver of improved outcomes - providing rapid diagnosis and access to specialist care.
  • Future challenges – ageing populations, increased complexity of care, financial constraints, structural changes and widening health inequalities.
  • Working in new ways - including new models of delivering care, developing new skills and new roles.

The RCGP is putting in place activity to deliver these priorities. To be successful, we need to be championed by people and organisations with shared goals.

We are keen to have feedback from as many people as possible - GPs and health professionals across the UK, politicians in all four governments, those in the voluntary and social care sector, patients and the general public.

Wherever you are in the next few days, please take some time to have your say. We have a historic opportunity to harness the power of general practice to transform the NHS.

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