A cry for help can be heard across many GP practices in Derby City and Derbyshire County, who do not wish to continue the way they are currently working but are unable to take that leap of faith towards transformation.
This is mainly due to capacity and demand issues underpinned by the current recruitment, retention and retirement crisis of GPs. In addition to this, there is a lack of adequate joined up strategic planning, investment and training for developing the GP practice workforce, which is critical in helping them to address their workload and workforce needs.
The ambition of ‘transformation,’ ‘integration,’ ‘whole systems working’ and ‘collaboration’ could be strengthened seamlessly with the inclusion of additional local practical integrated interventions and sharing of intelligence with resourced solutions and opportunities. This will help provide GP practices with clarity and perspective to take ownership of their workload and workforce needs and sustain its quality of services, whilst building the foundations for future growth.
With financial support from Health Education East Midlands and input from local Clinical Commissioning Groups the General Practice Task Force was born.