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This online Learning Network provides members with information and support around Quality Improvement (QI), an evidence-based approach that helps primary care free up time to deliver and evaluate initiatives, and embed new approaches more effectively and efficiently into practice.

QI helps us to make the most of our systems, organisations, talents and expertise to deliver better outcomes for patients.

Members have access to useful resources and case studies as well as opportunities to share learning from their experiences and make useful links with others interested in QI.

Whether you have been undertaking QI work for a while or just want to find out more, this network can support you in your journey and connect you to colleagues across the country who are working in innovative ways.

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This network has been developed as part of the Royal College of General Practice’s Quality Improvement programme, led by two Clinical Lead’s Dr Mike Holmes and Dr Simon Stockill. If you have any questions about the programme please get in touch with the team at QI.Ready@rcgp.org.uk.

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‘Simply not enough GPs to meet demand’: RCGP responds to HSC report on NHS workforce burnout

Responding to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee’s report on workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care, published today, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said the following.

“GPs have been working under intense workload and workforce pressures for more than a decade and these have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. General practice has made a remarkable contribution to the pandemic effort with GPs and our teams working flat out, delivering essential care to patients - a record of nearly 14 million consultations were delivered in the four weeks from mid-April to mid-May – as well as their leading role in the COVID vaccination programme, with 75% of vaccinations being administered in primary care.

“This report by the Health and Social Care Select Committee highlights the intense pressure that colleagues have faced across the health service - much of it as a direct result of inadequate staff numbers and workforce planning for the future. We simply don’t have enough GPs or other members of the practice team to meet demand and general practice is only set to get busier as we support our communities’ recovery from the pandemic.

“We urgently need to see action from government to resolve the workforce pressures facing general practice including delivering on their pledge of 6,000 more GPs and thousands more members of the wider practice team by 2024/2025. There is still a long way to go. We have seen success in recent years in encouraging more medical students and foundation doctors to choose general practice as a profession, but we need to see more initiatives in place to retain experienced GPs in the workforce, including by tackling ‘undoable’ workload and preventing them from burning out. This will help to make the job of a GP more manageable again so that we keep hardworking and dedicated GPs where they want to be – caring for patients, as well as ensure patients can continue to have access to the care that they need.”

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