The GP Forward View makes clear that policy makers understand the crucial role of general practice both in keeping the NHS running and in making the changes that will make it sustainable in future. Some of these themes are explored in the latest issue of Commissioning Excellence, which covers support for the more than 20% of practices defined as “vulnerable” as well as initiatives to develop the general practice workforce. The Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice programme seeks to make pharmacists part of the clinical team in around 700 practices, widening the skills available in general practice and easing pressure on GPs.
Commissioning better care for people with diabetes would benefit both patients and taxpayers, NHS delegates to a PCC event heard this month. The event, which focused on “outcomes based” approaches to buying diabetes services, comes in the wake of a report from the World Health Organisation that 1 in every 11 adults now have the condition.