I’ve been privileged to spend much of the past fortnight thinking and talking about primary care and the value it brings to patients and populations. And it’s been just great, not least to be reminded of the breadth and depth of what’s good in UK general practice, as well as the reasons why I’m passionate about unleadhing more of the potential of primary care here and internationally.
I have Prof Rich Greenhill to thank for much of the impetus behind all this cogitating and celebrating. Rich hosts the Improve Healthcare podcast, which has a fantastic international reach, and he kindly asked me to contribute in a conversation about ‘unleashing the potential of primary care’.
But it’s not just this that has got my ‘shape of healthcare’ juices going recently. Conversations with practitioners, leaders and policy shapers in places as diverse as Alberta, Texas, Ontario and London have brought me repeatedly to the same conclusions:
I remain hugely proud to be a primary care doctor, and to have had a hand in shaping policy and practice for primary innovation and transformation in England over recent years. But I don’t want us to rest on our laurels. There’s more potential to unleash, and it’s going to continued effort from within primary care and from the system around us.
I do hope you’ll join me in spreading the celebration and the call to action on this.
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