As waiting times to see a doctor at a consultant-led clinic in secondary care continue to rise in Northern Ireland, there is an increasing need to find alternative pathways to treat patients struggling with chronic conditions in a safe, more time efficient manner. The GP Elective Care Service comprises of a group of primary care doctors (largely General Practitioners) who have extended their training in over 5 specialties across the 17 federation areas in Northern Ireland. They perform these enhanced clinics at chosen ‘host practices’ across each federation area and aim to:
Reduce referrals to secondary care, with more intensified management of conditions within primary care.
Decrease waiting times for hospital consultants.
Improve patients’ experience with the Northern Ireland health care system.
Provide education to patients and local GPs.
Provide an alternative referral pathway for GPs.
Promote self-management of many common problems.