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.

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. 

Who gets in?

28 October 2020

In this short analysis our Policy team use data from the annual GP patient survey to explore access to general practice, unpicking how patient satisfaction varies by deprivation, age and ethnicity.

Level or not?

September 2020

Our briefing analyses how general practice compares in areas of high and low socioeconomic deprivation in England.

A GP’s perspective on COVID-19

Newsletter feature
27 August 2020

Dr Becks Fisher talks about how her role as a general practitioner has had to adapt significantly as a result of COVID-19.

Narrative accounts of primary care practitioners in a time of COVID-19

Research project

A research collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of Aberdeen, supported by the Health Foundation.

Over 700,000 patients served by GPs at high risk of COVID-19 could be left without access to face-to-face GP appointments

Press release
6 August 2020

New Health Foundation research reveals that one in three GPs who singlehandedly manage a GP practice are at high risk of death from COVID-19.

How has COVID-19 affected service delivery in GP practices that offered remote consultations before the pandemic?

16 July 2020

The digital-first primary care goal set out in the NHS Long Term Plan has been thrown into the spotlight during COVID-19. We examine early results from 51 GP practices using askmyGP to explore how pri...

How might COVID-19 have affected people’s ability to see their GP?

1 May 2020

The data suggest that some face to face GP appointments may have been replaced by virtual consultations in March 2020.  

Using virtual consultations in the fight against COVID-19

Newsletter feature
30 March 2020

We spoke to Professor Greenhalgh about the rapid implementation of virtual consultations in response to COVID-19 and what we can learn from the research in this area. 

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