1911 1911 1911

The first general practitioners

With the National Insurance Act providing manual labourers with access to GPs and compulsory health insurance introduced for those on low incomes, general practice as we know it was born - pre-dating the NHS by over 30 years.


1948 1948 1948

The NHS is established

On 5 July 1948, then health minister Aneurin Bevan formed the NHS. Founded on the principal that care should be based on need, not wealth, healthcare became universal and free. Within a month, 90% of the population had registered with a GP.


1950 1950 1950

The Collings Report on general practice

The first major report on the quality of general practice discovered poor standards and bad working conditions. Today, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) independently regulates health and social care and has become a priority for practices.

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1952 1952 1952 1952 1952 1952

The College of General Practitioners is founded

Created to give GPs the opportunity to share good standards of practice, education and research, the College's formation provides its members with a defined space in which to support one another.

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1966 1966 1966

Formalising better pay and conditions for GPs

The Family Doctors' Charter brings with it not just salary increases and better working conditions, but also payments for nursing staff and buildings.


1972 1972 1972

GPs' College granted a Royal Charter

Royal recognition changed the College's name and made it the first official GP body. Today, the Royal General College of Practitioners (RGCP) is a registered charity focussed on fostering and maintaining the highest standards in practices.


1987 1987 1987 1987 1987

We launch our first clinical IT system

We began life when two doctors and their partner realised they could transform care by making practice's paper-based systems and records electronic. They developed 'EMIS', our first clinical IT system. The rest, as they say, is history.

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1990 1990 1990 1990

New GP contract promotes better care

GPs now have to provide immunisations and vaccinations for children, health checks for patients within 28 days of them joining a practice and annual consultations. Altogether, it incentivises better care delivery and health promotion.


2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

Our partner programme launches

The NHS's aim of connecting more organisations sparked our programme's creation – we've continued to build our ecosystem of primary care healthcare providers ever since. Today, over 100 providers are accredited on our programme.

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2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002

Primary care trusts launched

Designed to improve the way healthcare is delivered and administered locally, the new trusts oversee 37,000 GPs and 21,000 dentists – and control 80% of the NHS's budget.


2009 2009 2009 2009

Electronic prescribing goes live

The first GP practice to make their prescribing electronic paves the way for more accurate care. Today, we're supporting over 94% of practices using EMIS Web to electronically prescribe so that they can make their own safety improvements.

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2012 2012 2012

CCGs are formed

Created as part of the Health and Social Care Act and officially replacing primary care trusts in 2013, these clinically led bodies plan and commission healthcare services for local areas. As of April 2019, there are 191 CCGs in England.

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2014 2014 2014

The Five Year Forward View is published

NHS England's strategy plans to improve both patient care and access by increasing investment in primary care and technology. It also aims to reduce workloads, better support healthcare professionals and help struggling GP practices.


2015 2015 2015 2015

Patients provided with access to medical records

April brought with it a deadline for English practices to give patients access to their medical record. Today, the ability to book appointments, view records and more is available to over seven million people registered with Patient Access.

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2017 2017 2017 2017 2017

Different care delivery methods needed

NHS England's GP online consultation systems fund offered £45 million in recognition of the need to diversify general practice's services. The resulting technology has empowered patients and helped clinicians to deliver high-quality care.

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2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019

The Long Term Plan is published

Patients need to become partners in their care according to the latest strategy, which stressed empowerment and self-care. More was made of switching up appointments too, with remote and online consultations both key areas of focus.


2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019

Patient Access app launches pharmacy bookings

After Day Lewis Pharmacy Group's successful pilot, we extended Patient Access' appointment-booking feature beyond GPs. Now covering community pharmacy services, the update reduces pressure on practices and makes accessing local help easier.

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2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019

Primary care networks launched

A need for proactive, personalised and integrated health and social care drove primary care networks' creation. Building on current primary care services, they aim to ensure practices are able to work with other local care providers.

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2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020

Giving you the power to transform health and care

EMIS-X supports the next generation of GP clinical applications. By providing access to a patient's entire health and care record and increasing its impact, our platform will help general practice to better care for changing patient needs.

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