All patients are allocated a Named Accountable GP. New patients will be
advised who their named accountable GP is when they first register at the
practice. If you are unaware of whom your named GP is please contact the
What does ‘accountable’ mean?
The named accountable GP is responsible for the co-ordination of all
appropriate services required under the contract and ensure they are
delivered to each of their patients where required (based on the clinical
judgement of the named accountable GP).
Overall responsibility for patient care has not changed. This role is largely a
role of oversight, with patients having one GP within the practice who is
responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf.
What are the named GP’s responsibilities to 75s and
For patients aged 75 and over the named accountable GP is responsible
-Working with relevant associated health and social care
professionals to deliver a multi-disciplinary care package that meets
the needs of the patient,
– Ensuring that these patients have access to a health check as set
out in section 7.9 of the GMS Contract Regulations.
Does the requirement mean 24-hour responsibility
No. The named GP will not:
– Take on vicarious responsibility for the work of other doctors or
– Take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change
their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal
availability for GPs throughout the working week,
– Be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient.
Can I change my named GP?
You may if you wish change your named GP to a GP of your choice; this is
done by asking the reception team. Remember changing your named GP
will make no difference to the care you receive.