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Wessex Insight offers professional support for practitioners who may be struggling with challenges or obstacles which are causing a negative impact on their performance in the workplace.

GP Supporters are 10 experienced GPs recruited by Wessex LMCs to provide support to struggling practices both as hands on GPs and as GP leaders in order to ensure that both the clinical and managerial aspects of the practice are being fully examined prior to agreeing a plan towards sustainability.

Practice Manager Supporters provide ad hoc advice and support to their practice manager colleagues, and offer learning opportunities to support Continuous Professional Development for PMs. The PM Supporters offer coaching and mentoring to new and experienced practice managers, and have specific training to enable them to appraise fellow practice managers.  They offer support in person, via email or on the telephone.

The Cameron Fund is the GPs' own charity. It is the only medical benevolent fund that solely supports general practitioners and their dependents. The Charity provides support to GPs and their families in times of financial need, whether through ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment. The Charity also helps those who are already suffering from financial hardship and those who are facing it.

The new General Practice Resilience Programme (GPRP) will operate to deliver the commitment set out in the General Practice Forward View to invest £40m over the next four years to support struggling practices. This programme aims to deliver a menu of support that will help practices to become more sustainable and resilient, better placed to tackle the challenges they face now and into the future, and securing continuing high quality care for patients.

As part of a programme of work with NHS England, the college has developed the RCGP Peer Support Programme to help practices that have been put into ‘special measures’ following CQC inspection. The programme will be available to all practices placed in special measures by the CQC with the aim of bringing them up to scratch over the six month period before CQC re-inspection. Practices that choose to work with the RCGP will work with a team of expert advisers, including GPs and practice managers to draw up realistic improvement and budget plans based on site visits.