The New "Named GP" System
Due a change in the GP contract for 2015-2016, from April 2015 GP practices in England are required to provide all their patients with a “named GP” who will have the overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides to them.
We will have allocated all patients a named GP by the end of June 2015. This will be either the doctor with whom you are registered or the doctor who you see most regularly.
The GPs at the Abbey Medical Centre have always worked in collaboration with each other to provide care to their patients. This new arrangement will not change this. However, we believe that having a named GP endorses the important personal link between GPs and patients, promoting continuity of care and reinforcing the value of our long-term relationship with patients.
However, the new system does not mean you have to only see your “named GP”. You can see any GP at the practice – not just your “named GP”. Patients can and should feel free to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice. You can also choose to have the specific GP of your choice nominated as your "named GP" - speak to our reception team to request this - and you can also ask our reception team to find out who is your "named GP".
We will inform patients who their named GP is at the ‘next appropriate interaction’ (consultation) in the year April 2015 to March 2016, we will not be writing to patients. Patients can express a preference and we will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your request. If you would like to know who your named accountable GP is - you should contact the practice.
The “named GP” system does not mean that your GP will take on 24/7 responsibility for your care. They can only take on responsibility for your care during their working hours. It is not possible, nor has it been requested by the government, for them to take on 24-hour responsibility for their patients, or to have to change their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week. Your “named GP” cannot take on vicarious responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals both from within and from outside the Abbey Medical Centre.