Focus on general practice at the heart of local system change

13 June 2017

Workforce development and collaboration are the twin themes of the latest issue of Commissioning Excellence, which highlights how local leaders are promoting the development of general practice at scale both to deliver the kinds of services communities demand and the resilience GP practices need. This issue also focuses on the clinical pharmacists in general practice programme, which is bringing clear benefits to GPs and their patients.

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