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Creating the perfect practice

The majority of GPs (73%) have told us they’re getting moderate or high levels of satisfaction from their jobs, which is reassuring. It will be interesting to see if this changes over the next year, as commissioning takes effect.

Many GPs may feel they have to be more involved in administration – although at the moment, our study reveals they’re still clearly on attending to patients’ clinical concerns. On average, GPs are dealing with 128 appointments each week.

  • 39% of the day was spent dealing with genuine medical issues needing a GP’s attention
  • 20% of the day was spent dealing with social care issues or the ‘worried well’
  • 16% of the day was taken up with administration or practice issues

However, on average, a fifth of GPs’ working days are spent taking care of issues that a practice nurse could deal with (9%), or with minor medical concerns that didn’t really need professional medical attention (11%). Year after year, our Health of the Nation Study has shown that patients are making GP appointments for problems that could be dealt with by a practice nurse or that may not need medical attention at all. We believe this is a strong case for greater education; more awareness of health matters could help, and free up GPs’ time to deal with more important medical cases.

Find out how many hours GPs are working, and what they believe the future holds
Download our 2013 Health of the Nation report now (PDF 3,622KB)

WC01510 07/2013