March 12, 2015
Patient access to general practice: ideas and challenges from the frontline
On 27th February 2015, The Royal College of General Practitioners published a paper which examines a wide range of initiatives to improve patient access to general practice.
Areas explored include:
- Availability and proximity of care: bringing GP services closer to patients
- Timeliness of care
- Ability to see a preferred GP or nurse
A number of brief case studies can also be found within this paper, including initiatives that have been funded by the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund.
The paper contains information and advice that is relevant to One Care’s vision of improving access in our local area and also stresses the equal importance of both easier access and continuity of care. Proper evaluation and evidence are recognised as vital given the number of different ideas being piloted across different areas.