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Understanding Pressures in General Practice (The Kings Fund)

This report looks at patient factors, system factors and supply-side issues to see what lies behind this increasing pressure on general practice. It finds that despite GPs being at the heart of the health care system, a lack of nationally available, real-time data has made their changing workload largely invisible to commissioners and policy-makers.

Read the Kings Fund report here

NEW Service: NHS Practitioner Health Programme (PHP) for all GPs working in Hertfordshire & Luton

NEW Service: NHS Practitioner Health Programme (PHP) for all GPs working in Hertfordshire and Luton

We are delighted to announce that East and North Herts CCG, Herts Valleys CCG and Luton CCG have commissioned a specialist, fully confidential service for all GPs working in the these areas. GPs can self-refer to the NHS Practitioner Health Programme (PHP) by calling PHP on 0203 049 4505 or e-mailing  This service is aimed at GPs who are concerned about their mental health or addiction problems. You will be invited for an initial face to face assessment at Riverside Medical Centre in London.  This can last up to two hours.

Meanwhile, the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMC Pastoral Care Services remain in place for all GPs working throughout Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire and can be accessed by phoning 01438 880010 (or visiting for further help).




Posted: 21st December 2015 (HB)