Health Education England to Receive £20 Million Budget to Boost GP Numbers

It has been announced that Health Education England (HEE) will receive an additional £20 million in funding.

This is intended to play a major role in assisting with the planned increase in GPs in England.

Money invested in HEE will contribute to developing multidisciplinary teams involving nurses, pharmacists and other staff in GP surgeries.

Health Education England is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health.

Their function is to provide national leadership and coordination for the education and training within the health and public health workforce within England.

It has been operational since June 2012.

NHS England has already indicated that it will provide £206 million in order to assist the health service with delivering key measures requested in the General Practice Forward View.

HEE has targeted over 3,000 new doctors training in general practice on an annual basis, as the health service attempts to boost its stock of GPs.

And the organisation indicated that the funding allocated for 2016-17, will be used to cover “additional GP expenditure such as salaries and placement of fees for practice as there are now more GP trainees in the system than in previous years”.

Commenting on the new funding arrangement, an HEE spokesman outlined the plans for the money.

“The additional funding will be used cover additional GP expenditure such as salaries and placement of fees for practice as there are now more GP trainees in the system than in previous years. It will also support multidisciplinary initiatives in line with the GP Forward View. The increase relates to this financial year and will support the work we are doing with partners through the GPFV to get more doctors and multidisciplinary teams into general practice”.

Meanwhile, Krishna Kasaraneni, chair of the GP education, training and workforce subcommittee at the British Medical Association, welcomed the investment, adding that it is essential that the funding is diverted to training bodies appropriately and expediently.

“This much needed additional £20m investment will go some way to improving lagging GP recruitment, which has previously suffered from years of underinvestment. It has been six months since the launch of the GPFV and there is little indication for GP practices struggling to meet patient demand as to whether any funding will make its way to them.”

The General Practice Forward View, published in April 2016, sets out a plan, backed by a multi-billion pound investment, to stabilise and transform general practice.

It has been developed with Health Education England and in discussion with the Royal College of GPs and other GP representatives.


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