In January 2018 a new GP contract was agreed nationally and we are now moving into implementation.
The Scottish Government requires each Integration Joint Board (IJB) to produce a Primary Care Improvement Plan by July 2018 and Edinburgh’s is currently being developed. Early work on the Plan has been underway and the focus is how to stabilise and transform General Medical Services (GMS) delivered by GPs and Primary Care Teams over the next three years.
The main challenge for Edinburgh is the increasing pressure on GPs, through population growth, an ageing population and increased workload per patient.
The Plan therefore focusses on the workforce required to both relieve the current and future pressure on primary care. It will enable the development of the ‘expert medical generalist’ role through a reduction in current GP and practice workload and by the end of the Plan, every practice should be supported by expanded wider multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) providing care and support to patients.
The Scottish Government, Edinburgh IJB and GPs recognise that the third sector has a wider role to play in the future of Primary Care and many would even suggest that the involvement of the third sector is critical.
This thinkSpace is an opportunity for third sector organisations to hear about the development of the plan, the future of Primary Care in the city and to explore how “All hands” are to be valued in order that we can continue to provide quality and timeous care and support to patients.
Thursday 24 May
9.30 – 11.30am
The Quaker Meeting House
7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL