This seminar provided an opportunity to examine the challenges facing the primary care sector in Northern Ireland and assessed priorities for enhancing the provision of primary care services over the next ten years.
Delegates discussed pressures facing general practice - including in training and maintaining a sustainable workforce and dealing with increasing workloads - and followed the release of the BMA’s ‘General Practice in Crisis’ report, and the RCGP’s ‘Delivering Change for General Practice in Northern Ireland’ report into Primary Care in Northern Ireland.
Delegates examined the options for the future configuration of services in the primary care sector - particularly in relation to the creation of multi-disciplinary teams embedded around general practice, and further integration of community services - and brought out the latest thinking on establishing suitable infrastructure - which can support the reconfiguration of services.
Those attending also discussed the latest work undertaken by the Department of Health around the reform of services, including the need to pivot services to a more preventative model, while continuing to meet existing demand.
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