The new five-year GP contract and Primary Care Network DES unveiled in January is designed to confront once and for all some of the crippling pressures on the profession and firmly place primary care as the building blocks of Integrated Care Systems. Workforce, finance, premises, partnerships, pensions, indemnity, access, IT and an outdated QOF are all tackled head on with bold solutions, backed by the £4.5 billion additional investment in primary and community services by 2023.
The first ambitious step is for the whole of England to be covered by Primary Care Networks (PCNs), clusters of practices covering populations of between 30,000 and 50,000, going live on July 1. PCNs will be able to tap into investment worth £1.8 billion by 2023/24. And it will all be covered at Best Practice 2019!