Named Accountable GP for Patients
All patients have a 'named accountable GP', if you wish to know who your 'named accountable GP' is please ask at reception.
What does 'accountable' mean?
The named accountable GP to take responsibility for the co-ordination of all appropriate services required and ensure they are delivered to each of their patients where required (based on the clinical judgement of the named accountable GP).
This is a role of oversight, to reassure patients that they have one GP within the practice who is responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf.
What are the named GP's responsibilities to 75s and over?
For patients aged 75 and over the named accountable GP is responsible for:
working with relevant associated health and social care professionals to deliver a multi-disciplinary care package that meets the needs of the patient
- ensuring that these patients have access to a health check.
Does the requirement mean 24-hour responsibility for patients?
No. The named GP will not:
- take on vicarious responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals
- take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week
- be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient
Can patients choose their own named GP?
In the first instance, patients are simply allocated a named GP. However, if a patient requests a particular GP, reasonable efforts are made to accommodate their preference, recognising that there are occasions when the practice may not feel the patient's preference is suitable.
Do patients have to see the named GP when they book an appointment with the practice?
No. Patients can and should feel free to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice in line with current arrangements. Patients should be aware that wishing to see a particular GP may result in longer waiting times for appointments.