Essex GP Practices attend Essex Primary Care Conference

Essex GP Practices recently attended the Essex Primary Care Conference which showcased innovative practices and emerging roles that are relieving pressure and boosting retention and recruitment.

Natalie EllisOVER 100 healthcare professionals recently attended an Essex Primary Care conference following a General Practitioners (GP) survey which revealed that 39% are expected to leave direct patient care within the next five years.

The survey also found that 90% of those questioned were experiencing considerable or high-pressure due to increasing workloads.

The Essex Primary Care conference – held on Thursday 8 November 2018 at Boreham House, Chelmsford – invited healthcare professionals to discuss new and emerging roles and practices to boost GP retention and recruitment as well as how to relieve the strain on practices.Laura Rottmin

On the day, attendees heard from influential speakers and experts from across the sector about local and national primary care strategies as well as from Essex Primary Care Careers which are looking at innovative ways to recruit staff and support primary care practices across the county.

Maria Reid, Business Lead at Essex Primary Care Careers, said: “The conference showcased a change in attitude towards the pressures facing GP practices across the county and earmarked solutions that help us transform workforce to achieve long-term sustainability and improve patient care.

“Practices are under unprecedented staffing pressures and we need to continue to source innovative and aspiring ways to attract new healthcare talent to Essex.”

Press Release ImagesTricia D’Orsi, Conference Chair, Chief Nurse and Primary Care Workforce Lead for the Mid and South Essex STP, said: “The powerful speakers at the conference were a real inspiration, showing us that together we can achieve great things in GP services moving forward.”

Conference speaker, CEO Essex LMCs, Clinical Lead for Primary Care Strategy Mid & South Essex STP, CEO Essex EQUIP, Dr Brian Balmer said: “It was great to see such a wide range of primary care clinicians and managers at the event. There is a genuine feeling that we are all working towards a shared goal of developing and improving primary care careers in Essex.”

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