Named Accountable GP

Introduction

From 1st April 2015 all practices in England are required under the General Medical Services (GMS) contract to allocate a named accountable GP to all patients, including children.

For many years, all patients at Avonside Health Centre have been registered with a partner and had a ‘usual GP’ allocated. For the purposes of this contract change your ‘usual GP’ will become your ‘named accountable GP’.

The contract remains ‘practice based’, so overall responsibility for patient care and appointment booking systems have not changed. This is largely a role of oversight, with the requirements being introduced to reassure patients that there is a GP within the practice who is responsible for co-ordinating their care as required.

Patients may see any of the doctors in the practice. It is often a good idea for a patient to try to see their named GP (usual doctor) when possible, to maintain the continuity of your care.

What are the responsibilities of the named accountable GP?

The named accountable GP will take responsibility for the co-ordination of all appropriate services and ensure that they are delivered to each of their patients where required (based on the GP’s clinical judgment).

The role of 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
  • Imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week
  • Be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient

Do I need to take any action?

If you would like to know who your named GP is, please ask when you next attend the surgery.

Please note that whenever a GP leaves or joins the partnership, the health authority reallocates the patient lists. It may be that your named GP will change under such circumstances. We are not able to contact patients individually about such changes, but we will publicise any partnership changes and advise patients wishing to know who their named GP is to ask at the surgery.

Information and guidance taken from the BMA and NHS Employers websites.