Named Accountable GP for all Patients
From 1st April 2015, all practices were required to allocate a named accountable GP to all patients.
Our patients have been assigned a named GP, and you can be advised of this at your next interaction with the practice.
Please be assured that this will not impact on your experience at the practice, you can still access all of our medical team in exactly the same way as before and having a named accountable GP does not prevent you from seeing another doctor at the practice. Your named GP will not be available at all times and if you need to be seen urgently you may wish to see another doctor. All of your records are viewable by every doctor in the Surgery.
No action is required on your part and there is no need to telephone the surgery for this information, but if you would like to know who your accountable GP is please ask next time you contact the surgery.
What does 'accountable' mean?
The named accountable GP is responsible for the co-ordination of all appropriate services required under the contract and ensure they are delivered to each of their patients where required (based on the clinical judgement of the named accountable GP).
Overall responsibility for patient care has not changed. This role is largely a role of oversight, with patients having one GP within the practice who is responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf.
Does the requirement mean 24-hour responsibility for patients?
No. 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. The requirement does not imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week
Be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient