NHS England has announced measures to help general practice cope with increasing demand.
A nationwide, NHS GP health service will be introduced in January 2017, aimed at improving access to mental health support for general practitioners and trainee GPs. The GP Induction and Refresher scheme will also be revamped to speed up the time it takes for GPs to return to practice in England.
The General Practice Forward View pledged to simplify the current Induction and Refresher (I&R) scheme, aiming to slash the time it can take doctors to return to practice, with the ambition to support at least an extra 500 doctors back into practice by 2020/21, as part of a broader plan to see an additional 5,000 doctors in general practice by 2020/21.
A working group, including Health Education England, the British Medical Associationand the Royal College of General Practitioners was established this year to review the scheme and deliver a package of improvements.