A named accountable GP
Since the 1st April 2015 all practices in England are required under the General Medical Services (GMS) contract to allocate a named accountable GP to all patients, including children.
The named accountable GP will take responsibility for the co-ordination of all appropriate services and ensure that they are delivered to each of their patients where required (based on the GP's clinical judgement).
The role of the named GP will not:
- Take on vicarious responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals,
- Take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change their working hours
- Imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week
- Be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient
If you are asked to provide details of your GP when completing forms or when attending hospital etc, please give them the name of your Named Accountable GP, if you know it. If you are not aware who your Named Accountable GP is, and want to know, ask when booking your next appointment, or alternatively contact the surgery. Should you express a wish to change your Named Accountable GP, we will do our best to accommodate your wishes. Please write to the Practice Manager requesting the change.
However, please note that this does not change the way in which we operate, or affect your ability to make an appointment or speak with any of the GPs in the practice.
Patients are free to see any GP at the Practice as they currently do.
This is purely an administrative exercise in order that patients have a Named Accountable GP as required in our GMS contract.