Last week I sent you an email launching our new general practice national survey for GPs in England, with a link to the survey.
The survey can be completed on a computer or mobile device and should take about 15 to 20 minutes. Some functionality may be reduced on mobile devices but your answers will be recorded once you click ‘continue’ at the end of the survey.
Why have we launched this survey?
At a time when general practice is facing increasing and unprecedented workload pressures, a workforce crisis and inadequate resources, the BMA GPs committee wishes to hear from all GPs in England about how you would like to see general practice develop – and how it can best support your workload and future aspirations.
It is vital to design general practice around the needs of current and future GPs if we are to make general practice an attractive, rewarding and sustainable career option.
Who should complete it?
This important and comprehensive survey of GPs is aimed at all GPs in England, of all denominations including GP trainees.
We know that GPs have diverse career wishes, and even more so when stratified according to contract type or career stage. For example, the wishes of a newly qualified GP may differ from those approaching retirement; the perspective of a sessional GP may not be the same as a partner – and indeed the issues affecting salaried GPs may vary from that of freelance locums.
That’s why it’s important we hear from all GPs – not just a sub-section. The survey results can be broken down into individual categories to help develop general practice to accommodate this range of views.
I appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey – it is necessary so we can get a true and comprehensive picture of the views of GPs.
What will this survey cover?
The survey asks searching and challenging questions, and importantly it asks what sort of environment GPs want to work in, as well as their personal career intentions.
It is therefore very important that GPs think carefully before they answer the questions.
The survey will ask GPs in England about:
– their current experience, including workload pressures
– their future working preferences, and contractual options
– their views around collaborative structures of general practice
– information about how practices are funded.
What will we use the results for?
GPC England will use the survey results to help inform our negotiations with the Government and NHS England as we aim to turn around the parlous state of the profession into one that is sustainable, offering hope to existing and future GPs.
That is why, as a GP working in England, it is so important that you fill in the survey to play a part in empowering GPC England to help develop a model of general practice that is crucially based on your views and wishes.
Make sure your voice is heard!
Please complete this survey and encourage your GP colleagues to do so too.
The survey closes at midnight on 31 October.
Please don’t miss out on an opportunity to have your say to shape your own future.
With best wishes,
BMA GPs committee chair