A further £3 million will be made available to establish seven intensive support sites in areas that have struggled most to retain GPs. Details on these sites and plans for retention efforts there will be announced next month.
The fund will support local health services focussing on supporting newly qualified GPs or those within their first five years of practice, who are seriously considering leaving general practice or who are no longer clinically practising in the NHS in England but remain on the National Performers List (Medical).
Care Quality Commission (CQC) report finds that at the end of its first inspection programme of general practices 4% were rated ‘outstanding’, 86% were ‘good’, 8% were ‘requires improvement’ and 2% were ‘inadequate’.
The state of care in general practice 2014 to 2017 presents findings from CQCs programme of inspections of GP practices. This detailed analysis of the quality and safety of general medical practice in England has found that nearly 90% of general practices in England have been rated as ‘good’, making this the highest performing sector CQC regulates.
GP full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers for England have risen slowly in the past quarter but doctors’ leaders have said the 1% rise is too little and too slow. | via OnMedica
New data from NHS Digital published yesterday shows that the total GP full time equivalent (FTE) workforce in England was 34,242 as of 30 June, which was an increase of 321 (0.9%) from 33,921 in March.
The total GP headcount, as of the end of June, was 42,215, representing a rise of 324 (0.8%) from 41,891 in March.
These GP workforce statistics for England are compiled from the data supplied by approximately 7,500 GP practices across the country.
The BMA said the rises were worryingly small, showing an increase of barely 1%.
Trainee GPs that struggle to meet required levels after the standard three years of training will now be able to extend their training by up to 18 months, Health Education England (HEE) has said | GP Online
GP trainess who fail one or more exams at the end of their usual three years will be able to extend their training by 12 months, with a further exceptional six months. The move brings GP trainees more in-line with other medical specialties, which are currently allowed to extend their training by 12 months with a further exceptional 12 months.
The BMA welcomed the change, as it warned current system ‘unfairly disadvantage’ some of the more diverse groups of doctors. It is hoped the change will help prevent doctors who initially struggle to pass exams being lost to the profession.
The announcement comes alongside a commitment to make it easier for doctors from other specialties to enter GP training.
This guide, aimed at GP commissioners and providers, is designed to promote understanding of groups in the community who are experiencing barriers in accessing services. It provides resources to help address those barriers as improvements in access to GP services are rolled out.