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Have your say about GP partnerships – take our survey

Have your say about GP partnerships – take our survey

The GP partnership model has been the subject of much debate for many years, but none more so than in recent times. Now Wesleyan Bank wants to hear from you about the viability of the model's future and whether your attitude towards partnership has changed due to other mitigating factors, such as the impact of coronavirus.

Your opinion matters

Wesleyan Bank has worked with many GPs supporting them in their journey to become partner and we are interested in your expert opinion. Our survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete, and we will publish the findings in due course. 

The publication of the GP contract framework in 2019 stated, "General practice is the bedrock of the NHS, and the NHS relies on it to survive and thrive". Despite this renewed emphasis GP partner numbers have continued to fall. According to figures1 released by NHS Digital in March 2020, there were 17,910 FTE GP partners compared to 21,456 in March 2016.

Grasping the opportunity of GP partnership?

While there is no doubt that the role of the GP partner has become increasingly challenging, there are also opportunities available for those who still wish to pursue this career route.

Under the terms of the 2020/21 General Medical Services contract deal for England, NHS England and the BMA agreed an uncapped budget to provide a £20,000 'golden handshake' for GPs, pharmacists and practice nurses taking on partnership roles for the first time from April 2020. Although take-up has so far been low, it has prompted some medical professionals to reconsider their future.

Last month, a GPonline poll3 revealed that a third of locum GPs are considering moving to a permanent role after a sharp drop in available work triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. A quarter admitted they were considering taking on a salaried role and 8% had thought about becoming a partner as a direct result of the pandemic2.

What's your view?

Does this line of thinking resonate with your present mood, or do you still lack confidence in the GP partnership model? Complete our short survey and let us know! Our survey is anonymous and your details will not be published.

If you are currently thinking about becoming a GP partner, download our free guide.

If there is anything else we can help you with, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Information sources

1GPonline - More than 3,600 GP partners lost in four years as decline accelerates
2GPonline - £20,000 golden hellos for new partners stalled by COVID-19
3GPonline - Third of locum GPs considering switch to permanent role after pandemic disruption

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