***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine policy and funding priorities for general practice in light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – as well as wider challenges being faced around GP wellbeing, patient access, and service integration.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the priorities for key issues moving forward from the pandemic, including:

  • integration – implementing reforms within the Health and Care Bill and the role of primary care
  • workforce – recruitment and retention, mental health and wellbeing, and tackling burnout
  • primary care networks – progress in development and their role in improving local health outcomes
  • innovation and infrastructure – supporting innovation made during the pandemic and looking at ways the estate can support innovative working and improve patient access going forward
  • personalised care – opportunities and challenges, the role of community services, and ways of improving the delivery of patient-centred care

The conference will also examine the progress made in delivering on the ambitions outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, as well as the utilisation of the additional £120m of funding intended to support general practice from April to September this year.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions on core issues, including:

  • General practice and the impact of the pandemic – with Professor James Kingsland, Primary Care Physician; Independent Healthcare Advisor; and Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, University of Central Lancashire
  • Priorities for multi-disciplinary working within the community – with Dr Michael Dixon, National Clinical Lead, Social Prescribing, NHS England; and Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network and Chairman, College of Medicine
  • GP contract targets, recovering from the pandemic, and delivering long-term ambitions – with Dr Richard Vautrey, Chair, General Practitioners Committee England, BMA


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Health and Social Care and the DWP. Also due to attend are representatives from Beds & Herts LMCNHS ResolutionProspect HospiceRes ConsortiumTempler Care Network; and UCL.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from GPonline.

For this conference, as is typical of our meetings, we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with regulators, pharmaceutical companies, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, the independent and third sectors, patients groups, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks – you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates – we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too – there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact – we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference