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RCGP launches new resilience scheme for struggling practices

RCGP launches new resilience scheme for struggling practices

The RCGP has launched a new resilience scheme aimed at supporting practices that are finding it difficult to recruit GPs, keep pace with patient demand, or facing closure.

The service will cost £7,500 plus VAT per practice, which the RCGP said would be covered by CCGs in most cases. However individual practices can also access the service independently of their CCG or NHS England. Under the scheme a team of experts, including GPs, practice nurses, practice managers and pharmacists, will visit practices, carry out an assessment and recommend a tailored programme of support to put them back on a more secure footing, the college said.

NHS England pledged £16m in funding for practice resilience during 2016/17 in last year's GP Forward View. However, delivery of the funds to practices has been slow.

The RCGP criticised progress on the Practice Resilience Programme in its interim assessment of the GP Forward View last month. The report found that by December 2016 only £2.5m of resilience funding had been spent, and just 219 of the 1,453 eligible practices had received any funding.

The college's new scheme builds on its special measures peer support programme, which has to date supported 74 practices that have been placed in special measures by the CQC. Practices do not need to be in special measures to access the new scheme.

Source: GP Online

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