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Roles in General Practice

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There are now 1,500 fewer GPs in England than in September 2016. The NHS is missing one in six doctors from general practice while nearly every surgery is one doctor short. Sixty two per cent of GPs retiring in 2016-17 were under the age of 60, compared with just 33 per cent in 2011-12.

The daily stresses of general practice have been named as a factor by many doctors retiring early. And the problem of early retirement has been compounded by the fact that, last year, only 90 per cent of GP training places were filled.

In Eastern Cheshire, GP practices are responding creatively to the challenge by recruiting to new roles such as Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and Physician Associate.


Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Readesmoor Group Practice, in Congleton, has taken on three ANPs in the form of Jane Martin, Rachael Slater and Lisa Stanway. Together, they have made a huge difference to the practice. Here is an interview featuring a GP Partner from the surgery - Dr Vicky Buckley and one of the ANPs - Lisa Stanway:


Physician Associate

Alex Facey is a qualified physician associate who works across Bollington, Disley and Poynton – a new breed of healthcare professional taking pressure off hard-pressed doctors and providing patients, especially those with long-term conditions, the continuity of care they need. Physician associates are generalists; medically trained across a wide range of conditions. This means they are able to diagnose and treat children, as well as adults, with a range of clinical problems. We interviewed Alex about his experience and how he'd benefited the practice: