Transforming General Practice


There are 26 GP practices in Bath and North East Somerset.

There is a workforce crisis in primary care as many GPs are retiring early and recruiting newly qualified doctors into general practice is getting harder.

GP practices are under pressure to deliver a wider range of services, seven days a week. They will have to work together more closely to do this.

The results of the 2016 GP Patient Survey show that patients in Bath and North East Somerset have overwhelmingly good experiences when they go to see their GP. Nowhere else in the country scored higher than B&NES for overall patient experience.

However, the demands on GPs are increasing, recruiting new GPs is becoming a challenge and the way primary care is delivered in B&NES is becoming difficult to maintain.

The CCG is working with all 26 practices in B&NES to develop a strategy for primary care which will encourage practices to work more closely together to provide a wider range of services to their local communities, seven days a week.

During July 2016, we visited all five Area Forums in B&NES (Bathavon, Bath City, Keynsham, Somer Valley and Chew Valley)  to hear their ideas.  You can read what they said in our engagement report (see above right).

We plan to announce further consultation in the autumn.

Our draft statement of intent was published earlier this year, setting out our ambition and vision for primary medical services in Bath and North East Somerset to 2020.

It builds on feedback we have already received from the public, our 26 member practices and other local stakeholders and supports the vision set out in our five year strategic plan.

GP Patient Survery Infographic NHS Blue original size

The issues that general practice is facing in BaNES are the same, if not worse, across the rest of the country.

The following reports have been written to identify the cause of the problems and to decide what should be done about it:

NHS England GP Forward View

BMAFocus on GP Forward View

The King’s FundUnderstanding pressures in general practice