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First steps to reducing workload in general practice

Practice manager Fionnuala O'Donnell looks through recent guidance on how to cut workload in practices and offers her tips on the easiest steps to implement.

The effect of  increasing workload in general practice and how to ease the burden has made headlines in recent months.

There are a number of publications which have suggestions for how to reduce workload and/or free up time in general practice

Workload tips

All make very interesting reading, and below I have highlighted the ideas from these that I think are the easiest to implement in practice in the following articles:

Every practice is different and there is no-one-size-fits-all solution. Medeconomics would be interested to hear from you about what steps you have implemented to address workload problems in your practice. Email emma.bower@haymarket.com if you have any tips that you would like to share.

Further reading

Two other documents that provide very interesting reading are the RCGP's The 2022 GP: Vision for General Practice in the Future NHS and the King's Fund report Understanding pressures in general practice both detail the current challenges and provide suggestions for improvement at a system level, which will hopefully be taken up nationally.

  • Fionnuala O'Donnell is a practice manager in Ealing, West London, and a CCG board member

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