Named accountable GP
From 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.
Prior to the contract change, all patients at St Peter's Medical Centre were registered with a GP Partner and had a ‘Usual GP' allocated, on a pro-rata basis. This was an administrative exercise to allow for the equitable allocation of test results and letters that come into the practice. For the purposes of this contract change your ‘Usual GP' will become your 'Named accountable GP'.
The contract remains ‘practice based’, so overall responsibility for patient care and appointment booking systems have not changed. This is largely a role of oversight, with the requirements being introduced to reassure patients that there is a GP within the practice who is responsible for co-ordinating their care as required.
If you would like to know who your 'Named accountable GP' is, please ask at Reception when you next attend the surgery. Please do NOT telephone specifically to ask.
There is no requirement for patients to see their named GP and patients are free to ask to see any GP at the practice, as they currently do.