The GPCB outpatients committee provides input from general practice to the Healthier Together outpatients programme. The committee comprises GPs and practice managers from across BNSSG, and works closely with the Integrated Care Board (ICB) clinical lead for planned care and Avon Local Medical Committee.
Its aims are:
- To give the system a single reference point when considering any change
- To ensure practice skills and experience inform any change
- To ensure assessment of resources and impact on services and patients before implementing any change
- To ensure practice priorities for change are highlighted to the wider system
The GPCB outpatients programme is funded by the ICS. This enables general practice to participate in key discussions and decisions in the same way as the acute hospital trusts and Sirona care & health. This is significant, as it means general practice can influence existing projects, and raise its own at-scale issues at system level to find solutions together.
What are the benefits?
Influence processes usually mapped out by secondary care, the referral service and the ICB, including referral forms, referral processes, and advice and guidance.
Utilise general practice knowledge and experience to influence and inform system discussions
Improve awareness and communication of best practice
Identify issues and raise at system level
Influence system-wide messaging to patients about expediting outpatients appointments and waiting well