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Case study: GP assistant

The GP assistant (GPA) role is a new and developing role within primary care, with an aim of reducing the burden of workload on GPs and other clinical staff, especially administrative tasks that still take up a significant amount of a GPs time.

The GPA role that has been adopted across the Midlands is a mixed administrative/clinical role, where pre-existing members of staff within the practice are "up-skilled" over a 6-9 month period. They work to complete the GPA Competency Framework, with the support of staff members within the practice, and their competence is assessed by a GP mentor. On successful completion of this, and when the GP has assessed them as competent in all areas they are awarded the GPA Certificate from Chester University - a qualification worth 10 credits at Level 4. See case study to understand more about one practice’s experiences with the course.