Improving the quality of care in general practice: key findings for GPs from an independent inquiryPublished: 24th March 2011
This report published by the King’s Fund provides the findings of an independent inquiry into the quality of general practice in England. It summarises the inquiry’s recommendations for delivering high quality primary care.
In April 2009 the King’s Fund set up an independent inquiry into the quality of general practice in England. The aim of the inquiry, which was conducted by an independent panel of experts and chaired by Sir Ian Kennedy, was to help to support the work of general practice and to provide a guide to ensure that quality is at the heart of the service that it offers to patients.
The inquiry represented the most extensive review of quality across general practice carried out in recent years. Its work was informed by specially commissioned research and analysis of routinely available data across a range of aspects of general practice including:
- core elements of day-to-day practice – for example, diagnosis, referral and prescribing
- non-clinical aspects of quality – for example, access to care and patient engagement, and
- areas where the role is shared with others – for example, maternity and end-of-life care.