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
- The BMA’s Quality first: Managing workload to deliver safe patient care and its associated online resources.
- The NHS Alliance report Making Time in General Practice
- NHS England’s Releasing Capacity in general practice initiative, with its ‘10 high impact actions’, which it has put together as a response to the NHS Alliance report
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any tips that you would like to share.
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