Primary care

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Last updated: 12 October 2015

Reform of primary care has risen to the top of the agenda recently with the Secretary of State calling for a new deal for general practice and commitments to train an additional 5,000 GPs by 2020 and give patients access to a GP seven days a week

In 2014, we made the case for a new type of contract to encourage GPs to lead 'family care networks', working together at scale in federations and with other health professionals to provide all but the most specialised care outside hospitals. In 2011, our landmark inquiry highlighted variation in the quality of care delivered by general practice.

Essential reading

Commissioning and funding general practice

Commissioning and funding general practice front cover

Commissioning and funding general practice front cover
This report makes the case for a new type of contract to encourage GPs to lead 'family care networks' and provide a wider range of services for patients outside hospitals.

Securing the future of general practice: new models of primary care

Securing the future of general practice report

Securing the future of general practice report
A joint report from the Fund and Nuffield Trust examines the new GP organisations forming to allow care provision at greater scale.

Improving the quality of care in general practice

Improving the quality of care in general practice

The result of an independent inquiry, this report represents the most extensive review of quality across general practice carried out in recent years.

General practice in London

General practice in London report front cover

General practice in London report front cover
NHS London commissioned the Fund and Imperial College London to provide a fresh analysis of the challenges facing GPs in London and the improvements that will be needed to address them.

Relevant blogs

Will the new GP contract improve care for patients?

Hugh Alderwick (offset)

The government's proposal for a new contract that gives groups of GPs the opportunity to work more closely with a range of other services is not a bad idea, says Hugh Alderwick.

A new deal for general practice: doing things differently, not just more of the same

Patrick Hall

Now more than ever the medical profession needs to demonstrate leadership and to embrace reforms which are good for doctors and for patients, says Chris Ham.

Re-shaping general practice from within

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What are some of the primary care innovations happening both abroad and in the UK? Nicola Walsh reflects on discussions at our conference on the role of general practice.

Related multimedia

Realising the potential of primary care

Craig Tanio

Craig Tanio
With perspectives from GPs and patients, our conference offered guidance on how to provide a co-ordinated experience of care for patients.

Rachael Addicott: Making the case for 'family care networks'

Rachael Addicott

Rachael Addicott
Rachael Addicott looks at how GPs can work in ‘family care networks’ to provide forms of care beyond what is currently available in general practices.

The future of primary care

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Rob Reid
With a practical focus on developing primary care, this event featured presentations from Jeremy Hunt MP and Mike Bewick, NHS England.

Related projects

Co-ordinated care for people with complex chronic conditions

This project involved an in-depth examination of approaches to care co-ordination undertaken in primary care settings in different parts of the UK.