Date lodged: 9 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-09095 by Shona Robison on 15 May 2017, how the new GP contract makes provision for the co-location of welfare and benefits advice workers in GP surgeries.
Answered by: Shona Robison 22 May 2018
The new GP contract, backed by investment of £110 million in 2018-19 and jointly developed with the BMA, will help cut doctors’ workload and ensure GPs are able to spend more time with patients most in need of their skills. This will be achieved by supporting Health Boards, Integrated Authorities and GPs to work together to redesign services so that the wider primary care multi-disciplinary team take on services previously carried out by GPs where it is safe, sustainable, and improves to patient care to do so.
Services to be delivered as a priority include providing community Links workers to patients in GP practices or clusters of practices, who will help with signposting to services; assessment and personal planning; and supporting people to take up services in other organisations.
The GP Contract is supported by a Memorandum of Understanding between the Scottish Government, the BMA, Health Boards and Integrated Authorities, which sets out the principles and priorities of how services will be redesigned locally to deliver the priorities of the new GMS contract over the next three years. While the focus for Links workers remains on the areas of greatest deprivation, we also aim to meet the needs of those who have complex conditions and rural communities by supporting Integration Authorities to develop these services locally, over the course of the next three years.