From the 1st of April 2015, the practice is required under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients a named accountable GP.
This is an administrative exercise so that patients can have a named responsible GP should they require them.
For convenience your named accountable GP will be the named doctor you are registered with.
If you wish to be told the name of your accountable GP, please ask the receptionists when you are next in the surgery.
(Please note: there is no need to telephone the practice for this information.)
If you need input from a variety of health professionals, then you can discuss these with the named GP if you wish. Alternatively you can discuss these with any of the other doctors.
Having a named GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the practice. Your named GP will not be available at all times and if your needs are urgent, you may need to discuss them with an alternative doctor.
All patients registered at Ashwell & Bassingbourn Surgery have been allocated a named accountable GP.
Named accountable GP for all patients
What is 'named GP' contract requirement?
This contractual requirement builds upon the 2014-2015 agreement to provide a named and accountable GP for over 75s.
The 'named accountable GP for all patients' requirement has now been extended to all patients from 1 April 2015.
The named GP's responsibilities for patients aged 75 and over remain unchanged from 2014-2015.
What has changed from 1 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 named GP will not:
- take on responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals;
- take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient;
- imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week;
- be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient.
The contract remains 'practice based', so overall responsibility for patient care has not changed.
The named GP is largely a role of oversight, with the requirements being introduced to reassure patients they have one GP within the practice who is responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf.
There is no condition within the requirement for patients to see the named GP when they book an appointment with the practice.
Patients are entitled to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice in line with current arrangements.