As general practice is changing to meet the evolving needs of patients, new clinicians are joining multidisciplinary practice teams to make a wider range of skills and specialisms available in more patientcentred services.
As general practices aspire to greater scale one of their biggest motives is to achieve the skill mix that will both compensate for current shortages of GPs and improve
the services received by patients.
Work on bringing just two practices together is set to result in a constituent super-practice in Walsall.
The Portland and Northgate practices had operated from the same purpose-built building for nearly 20 years, so when they began sharing a practice manager on an interim basis in 2016, there was a certain inevitability that the relationship would be consummated.
The interim report from the GP partnership review reminds us that medical melancholy over everything from premises to workload to digital disruption now represents a threat to traditional general practice.
The review’s chairman, Nigel Watson, identified all those issues (and more) when the report appeared in October.
Digital healthcare services will fundamentally challenge the basis of existing primary care contracting and payment systems.
Rob McGough, a partner with law firm Hill Dickinson, told a recent PCC event that the rise of large scale online and app providers was not foreseen when existing models were put in place. That, after all, was a different time – before the advances and ready access to technology we see today.