From the 1st April 2015, practices are required to inform all patients of their named accountable GP. This is part of the GMS contract change for 2015-16 that was agreed between BMA's General Practitioners Committee and NHS Employers.
It means that we will need to ensure that each patient on our practice list is assigned a named, accountable GP.
New patients will be informed who they are registered with when registering.
Your named GP will not take on 24 hour responsibility for you or make a change to their working hours, the requirement does not imply personal availability for GP's throughout the working week. The named GP cannot be the only GP to care for you.
What does this mean for you?
You will not notice any change in the way care is delivered to you by our practice, just a formalisation of our current process.
The responsibilities of your named GP will be to:
• Take the lead responsibility for ensuring that all appropriate services required by you from the GP practice are provided.
• Where required, use their professional judgement, to work with relevant health and social care professionals to deliver a care package that meets your needs.
• Ensure your physical and psychological needs are recognised and responded to by the relevant clinicians in the practice.
• These responsibilities will be carried out within the opening hours of the surgery and do not change the way you or other patients currently access care outside of these hours.
You should continue to book appointments with the practice in the same way.
Please note that whilst our GPs work with other health and social care professionals to deliver your care needs, they do not take on the responsibility for the care others deliver to you. If you have concerns about any care provided by a health and social care professional outside of the practice, this should be raised directly with them, or their organisation.
You can of course, at any time, change your named GP; please let Reception know and we will be happy to alter your named GP for you.