As part of the new GP Contract all patients now have a named accountable GP. That GP will have overall responsibility for the care and support that the surgery provides to you. They will also work with other relevant health and care professionals, who are involved in your care, to ensure that your care package meets your individual needs.
This does not mean that you will always have to see the same GP, you can see any GP at your request. However, the named GP will be ultimately responsible for all your medical needs.
What does 'accountable' mean?
The contract requires the named accountable GP to take responsibility 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).
The contract remains 'practice based', so overall responsibility for patient care has not changed. This is largely a role of oversight, with the requirements being introduced to reassure patients that they have one GP within the practice who is responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf.
If you have any questions, or wish to discuss this further with us, please contact the surgery.