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.
Given plans for significant changes to NHS structures and legislation, our long read sets out five key questions the proposals raise about the future of primary care networks in England.
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
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...
How the government's proposed NHS reforms affect primary care and why general practice should seek to engage with the reform process.
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...
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.
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
A review of reviews on the impact of collaboration between healthcare and non-healthcare organisations.
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.