Reducing the Workload on General Practice

NHS Alliance and the Primary Care Foundation, has been successful in bidding for two important projects commissioned by NHS England to identify the problems around workload in general practice and the steps we need to take to allow you to focus on patient care.


Shaping Demand – looking at potentially avoidable appointments

We have already worked with a number of GPs and will be working with more to understand the detail, but an important part of the information gathering is this audit tool to categorise and quantify the ‘potentially avoidable appointments’ that take up time in practices.

The tool collects information on the number of avoidable appointments you have in your surgery.  As workload increases, we are increasingly aware that, as GPs, we don’t need to see everyone – that many patient could be seen by others in the practice team or by other agencies, that too many agencies make unnecessary demands on GPs time, or patients could find better ways to care for themselves or seek reassurance elsewhere.

After talking to many GPs about potentially avoidable appointments, an audit tool was developed.  All you need to do is click here go to the website to download the audit tool and get started. We are trying to find out the types of appointments and the level of workload involved. Please feel free to share this with your GP colleagues – we are looking to get in touch with as many practices as we can across England.

We realise that people may think that it will take a lot of time to complete but the below 3 minute video from Robert Varnam, the head of general practice development at NHS England, explains why it matters and how easy it is to complete.

Reducing Bureaucracy

This is an important opportunity to let NHS England know about the time practices spend doing unnecessary tasks because of growing bureaucracy in general practice.  The aim is to identify the scale of the problem and the steps NHS England need to take to free you up to focus on patient care.

Again, we will be collecting data in a number of different ways, but an important part of the information gathering is a survey to understand which activities impose the greatest burden onto practices.

We are acutely aware that this questionnaire is itself a burden – though it is one with a clear purpose.  NHS England is determined to make use of the output and to do what they can to make things easier for practices.  It is also designed to be as easy as possible for you to complete.  The full instructions are at the start of the questionnaire and for the live link just click here

Please feel free to share this with your colleagues – we are looking to get in touch with as many practices as we can across England.  Thank you for participating and, if you would like more details about the project, please click here.

2018 Partnership Summit

Health Creation: Wealth Creation – fighting health inequalities using community assets

Kings House Conference Centre

Manchester, 21 November 2018

Join us at the New NHS Alliance 2018 Partnership Summit and be part of a powerful movement that is tackling the injustice of health inequalities through Health Creation.

Headlined by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, and supported by top-class speakers, compelling case studies and people with lived-experience, the Partnership Summit will be a pivotal event in the transformation of health economies across the north.

Download here is the draft programme for the day.

Visit EventBrite today to read more about the Summit and to book your free place.

2018 Excellence in Health Creation Awards

Now Open for Entries

Now in its third year, the New NHS Alliance Excellence in Health Creation Awards provides you and/or your organisation with an opportunity to have your health creating work recognised and showcased at a national level.

Winners will be announced at the 2018 Partnership Summit being held in Manchester on 21 November 2018.

This year there are three categories:

  • 1. Trojan Mice (watch a video here >>)
  • 2. Getting our 5-a-day (watch a video here >>)
  • 3. Community Assemblers (NEW for 2018!)

>> Download your entry pack here.

DEADLINE: Wednesday 2nd November at 17:00

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Sheffield Flourish, winners of the 2017 Getting Our 5-a-day Award


TR14ers, winners of the 2017 Trojan Mice Award

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