The findings from the ALLIANCE workshops on the new GP contract are now available.
The ALLIANCE has undertaken a wide ranging piece of engagement to gather views on the new General Medical Services (GMS) contract. The contract, developed in partnership with the Scottish GP Committee of the British Medical Association, has been agreed between the Scottish Government and Scotland’s GPs. It lays out a vision of a refocussed role for the GP which emphasises the collaborative nature of Primary Care and recognises the importance of multidisciplinary teams.
This engagement sought to that ensure the public’s priorities for general practice are taken into consideration as the contract is implemented. This includes emphasising what people see as the main presented opportunities for improving their experience with primary care along with the challenges these changes might present.
The implementation of the contract will take place over a number of years and it was felt that good engagement structures should be in place in order for public voices to feed into decision making. There were clear messages coming from the workshops that engagement needs to happen at local and national level, supported by evaluation and monitoring across Scotland. Furthermore, participants at the workshops wanted to see practices supported in engaging with people, allowing for the co-production of new processes.
Workshops were held in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Portree and Stirling. These were in addition to two events aimed specifically at carers and young people, a virtual event co-facilitated by the Scottish Health Council that heard views from Dumfries & Galloway, Fife, Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. We also received submissions from community groups in Carradale, Inverclyde, Lochgilphead, Moray, Oban and Skye.
You can read the full report from this engagement work is available below.
Read the summaries from each ALLIANCE facilitated workshops.
Read the collated summaries from the virtual event and community submissions.