Primary care

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

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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.

More people report waiting too long for GP appointments

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15 July 2019

Health Foundation response to NHS England's GP Patient Survey

Primary care networks: lifeboats launched on stormy seas

Blog
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4 July 2019

Primary care networks (PCNs) went live on 1 July 2019. Despite their potential to improve primary care, how they’ll develop, and what changes patients can expect to notice remains unclear. Dr Rebecca ...

Quantifying health workers’ retention in primary care, its variability and association with outcomes

Research project

Research project examining how retention of GPs and nurses has changed over time, and mapping its regional variability, using databases of routinely collected administrative data.

The current Babylon GP at Hand model will not work for everyone

Blog
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13 June 2019

If the future of primary care is digital, the approach to it must meet the needs of a diverse population with varying health conditions.

Primary care networks and the deprivation challenge

Blog
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10 May 2019

The newly emerging PCNs provide an opportunity to tackle health inequalities in England but they will have to be careful to avoid perpetuating the problem.

Nudging more cost-effective medication use across NHS organisations

Research project

Project that will use behavioural insights methods to optimise health care workers’ medication prescribing and use choices, improve understanding of patient experience, and prioritise medication safet...

Mounting cycle of pressures on GPs in deprived areas

Press release
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8 May 2019

New analysis by the Health Foundation reveals a mounting cycle of pressures that are impacting disproportionately on GPs in the most deprived areas, increasing GP workload and leading to growing inequ...

A worrying cycle of pressure for GPs in deprived areas

Blog
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8 May 2019

Without urgent policy action, GP shortages will get worse.

From opportunity to reality: Delivering new workforce models in practice

Blog
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30 April 2019

Improvement Fellow Sarah Reed looks at two projects we’ve funded that are using multi-professional teams to bridge the workforce gap.

Winter pressures in practice

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7 March 2019

How has this winter been for GPs and their patients in England? Dr Becks Fisher describes the pressures on general practice.

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