RCGP to report on profession's future

The RCGP has launched a commission on the future of the medical generalist in the NHS.

The Commission on Generalism, set up jointly with the charity Health Foundation, will define generalism and examine its future role in the NHS. The panel of primary care experts will invite external contributions to the work, which will run over the next 12 to 15 months.

RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada will lead the project, which she called 'one of the most important pieces of work the College has ever carried out'. She said: 'With the NHS reforms and all the changes taking place within the political and clinical contexts, this review is very timely.'

The review will look at the effectiveness of generalist practice and consider how clinical training for GPs and other specialities retain key elements of generalism to deliver effective patient care.

Preliminary findings will be presented to RCGP Council in September 2011, with a final, independent report due in 2012.

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