Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group has welcomed the General Practice Five Year Forward View released by NHS England.
This funding represents the biggest offer of support made to general practice for over a decade, committing an extra £2.4 billion a year for general practice services by 2020/21.
The forward view means that spending will rise from £9.6 billion in 2016/17 to over £12 billion by 2021 – a 14 per cent real terms increase. This investment will be supplemented by a £500 million national ‘turnaround’ package to support GP practices, and additional funds from local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
The forward view sets out how the NHS at a national and local level will strengthen the workforce, drive efficiencies in workload, modernise infrastructure and technology, and redesign the way modern primary care is offered to patients over the next five years.
In Blackburn with Darwen, the Clinical Commissioning Group has been working with practices and patients to look at how they can support GPs and the wider workforce, to relieve pressure and improve care and access for patients. Today’s announcement will support the Clinical Commissioning Group to continue this much-needed work.
Malcolm Ridgway, Clinical Director Quality and Effectiveness for Blackburn with Darwen CCG said: “As a CCG, we are investing significantly in General Practice most recently via the QOEST scheme. We are also looking to develop the General Practice estate with a bid due to be submitted for a new build in the West bringing together 3 practices under one roof, and also early discussions taking place in the North for a similar facility. QOEST will help formulate how we develop General Practice going forward and this extra resource will help us to move more quickly to a high quality, accessible and most importantly sustainable service into the future.”
For more information on the General Practice Forward View see https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/gpfv/