Have a listen to the latest NHS Assembly podcast on GP access, which includes comments from Dr Claire Fuller, Surrey Heartlands Senior Responsible Officer.  Listen here. 

The NHS Assembly brings together a range of individuals from across the health and care sectors at regular intervals to advise the joint boards of NHS England and NHS Improvement on delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. They include disability campaigners and charity bosses, ex-government advisors, patient representatives and leading NHS figures such as Surrey Heartlands’ Senior Responsible Officer, Dr Claire Fuller.

At its fourth meeting – in December – the Assembly focused on the experiences of staff, and what could be done to tackle the pressures they are under, drawing on the General Medical Council’s report, Caring for Doctors, Caring for Patients. The report directly connects the wellbeing of doctors, with better patient outcomes and experience.

Part of the discussion focused on GP access; listen to the podcast capturing parts of the discussion here.

Members of the Assembly from nursing, allied health professional and pharmacy backgrounds also spoke about how they and their colleagues are affected by many of the same pressures as doctors. Discussion focused on what needs to be done to make the NHS a great place to work and how to create a more positive working environment.

In an earlier Assembly session, during a discussion on the legislative changes called for in the Long Term Plan, Claire Fuller described how the proposed legislative changes would help to legitimise ambitions for Integrated Care Systems including Surrey Heartlands, addressing the very complex governance and individual organisational interests which currently act as barriers to delivering truly integrated care created around the individual.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “The NHS Assembly rightly reflects a wide diversity of patient, public and staff views and expertise. It builds on the inclusive process for designing the NHS Long Term Plan, and will help guide its implementation in the years to come.”

The NHS Assembly meets four times a year. While these are closed forum sessions, briefings podcasts and other materials are produced following the meetings, which you can find via the links on this web page. The next NHS Assembly meeting will take place in February 2020.