Accountable/ Named GP for All Patients
This is a contractual requirement and builds on the 2014-2015 agreement to provide a named and accountable GP for over 75s. The named GP requirement has now been extended to all patients.
All registered patients at this practice have now been allocated a Named Accountable GP. New patients joining the surgery will be advised of their Accountable GP at the point of registration. This is solely an administrative task and does not prevent patients from booking appointments with any other doctors or nurses at the practice.
Patients will be informed of their accountable GP at their next interaction with the practice. If you do not know who your named GP is and would like to know before your next appointment, please contact our reception team. If a patient has a particular preference to a certain GP our best efforts will be made to accommodate their preference.
What has changed from 1st April 2015
The 2015 - 2016 GP contract in England now requires the named accountable GP to take responsibility for the co-ordination of all appropriate services and ensure they are delivered where required (based on the named GP's clinical judgement) to each of their patients.
The role of the accountable GP will not:
Take on vicarious responsibility for the work of the other doctors or health professionals; take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change their working hours: imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week; be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient.
What does 'accountable' mean?
The contract requires the named accountable GP to take responsibility for the co-ordination of all appropriate services required under the contract and ensure they are delivered to each of their patients where required (based on the clinical judgement of the named accountable GP).
The contract remains 'practice based', so overall responsibility for patient care has not changed. This is largely a role of oversight, with the requirements being introduced to reassure patients that they have one GP within the practice who is responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf.
Does the requirement mean 24-hour responsibility for patients?
No. The named GP will not:
take on vicarious responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals
take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week
be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient
Do patients have to see the named GP when they book an appointment with the practice?
No. Patients can and should feel free to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice in line with current arrangements. However, some practices may see this change as a way to encourage and promote a greater degree of continuity of care for patients.