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GP Access Fund

Prime Minister's Challenge Fund

Improving access to general practice

To date, support for extended access to GP services has been delivered by the GP Access Fund, with funding of £150 million awarded to 57 pilot schemes, covering more than 2,500 practices and a population of over 18 million people.

The General Practice Forward View (GP Forward View) published in April 2016 committed £500 million by 2020/21 to enable clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to commission and fund additional capacity across England to ensure that, by 2020 everyone has access to GP services including sufficient routine appointments at evenings and weekends to meet locally determined demand, alongside effective access to out of hours and urgent care services. The 2017/19 NHS Shared Planning Guidance sets out the funding trajectory for this work, supporting CCGs to deliver extended access as part of delivering the GP Forward View.

Click each of the links below to view more information on the local projects: