Primary care Primary care is usually the first point of contact for people when they need health advice or treatment


It’s the first stop for symptoms that are new or for concerns about physical or mental health. It is provided by GPs and other health care professionals (such as practice nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists).

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

A GP’s perspective on the future of general practice

Newsletter feature
25 November 2021

Dr Rebecca Fisher on current challenges facing general practice, the impact of the pandemic, and what needs to change to ensure equal access to care for all.  

Are we seeing the decline of general practice, or its rebirth? – with Professor Katherine Checkland, Dr Rebecca Fisher and Shaun Lintern

19 November 2021

Episode 14. Even before the pandemic, rising workloads and workforce shortages had left many GPs dissatisfied and stressed. Then add a pandemic into the mix, with growing public frustration. Is this a...

Webinar: NHS reform – what do the proposals mean for general practice?

15 July 2021

How the government's proposed NHS reforms affect primary care and why general practice should seek to engage with the reform process.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted primary care?

27 May 2021

Three charts exploring regional trends in the number of primary care appointments, trends in the number of primary care appointments with GPs and the shifting balance between face-to-face and phone ap...

'Levelling up' general practice in England

Long read

General practice has a key role to play in reducing health inequalities and should be included in the government's 'levelling up' agenda. But to do so it must be properly resourced.

Use of primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic: May 2021 update

4 May 2021

There have been dramatic shifts in primary care activities and outcomes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This analysis uses patient-level data to explore these changes up to end of January 2021.

The impacts of collaboration between local health care and non-health care organisations and factors shaping how they work

Journal article
19 April 2021

A review of reviews on the impact of collaboration between healthcare and non-healthcare organisations.

The first episode rapid early intervention for eating disorders (FREED) – Upscaled study

Journal article
6 March 2021

Assessing the scalability of FREED.

After the COVID storm: where next for the NHS?

22 December 2020

Episode 3. What is the long-term path for the NHS when the emergency phase of COVID is over? 

Non-COVID-19 NHS care during the pandemic

12 December 2020

COVID-19 has disrupted hospital care for tens of thousands of patients. Our analysis covers activity trends for NHS services in England, from the beginning of the pandemic to October/November 2020. 

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