Six new requirements for hospitals were introduced in the 2016/17 NHS Standard Contract to clarify expectations around how hospitals and general practices work together and reduce avoidable extra workload for GPs and help release time. These changes will help to address concerns raised in Making Time in General Practice and acknowledged in the General Practice Forward View. Making sure that people are able to access GP services in a timely manner will also help relieve some of the pressures on hospitals.
One of these requirements relates to local access policies. Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has a local access policy (see link below) and all service development and redesign proposals are discussed and jointly agreed with Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group prior to implementation.
Bolton Health Economy Access Policy [554kb] PDF