The role of general practice is crucial to the overall experience and outcomes of children using the health service. But to what extend are GP services in England commissioned and delivered to make the best contribution they can to children and young people’s health?
Opening the door to better healthcare: ensuring general practice is working for children and young people examines how well general practice is delivering for children and young people, including the evidence on their experiences of the services and the challenges they face in accessing them.
Some of these challenges are related to major flaws in the framework in which GP services are commissioned and delivered. The flaws lie in the approach to commissioning primary care, the concept of out-of-hours services, and very limited mandatory training in paediatrics.
Action is needed not just from individual GPs and their practices, but right up to the highest levels of NHS leadership and Government.
In March 2014, we published Opening the door to better healthcare: A snapshot of innovations in primary and first access care for children and young people, which sets out some of the innovations being taken forward by GPs and others locally.