Integrated Care Partnership

Referral by a GP to a specialist/consultant – What happens?

The General Practice Forward View made a commitment to improving the current interface between hospitals and general practice to provide more seamless care for patients and to reduce the number of occasions where patients are sent back to their GP unnecessarily following a hospital appointment. The aim is to improve patients’ experience of care, whilst also freeing up GP time.  In order to achieve this, new measures have been introduced into the NHS Standard Contract and a system-wide national working group has been established to drive action for improvement.

Members of the working group and, specifically, NHS England, British Medical Association (BMA) and the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP), have come together again to produce a patient facing leaflet which describes what a patient can expect to happen if they are referred by their GP to see a specialist or consultant at a hospital or a community health centre.

Please click the link below to access the leaflet: