GP consortia leads must not become 'NHS clones', says GPC

GPs must not become 'NHS clones' and replicate the role of PBC leads when they take on commissioning, the GPC has warned.

In a guidance document on leadership in consortia, the GPC said GP leads within consortia will need to be inspiring, innovative and understanding of the concerns and aspirations of ‘ordinary GPs’. The GPC also said it is important that leaders of consortia are properly resourced, rather than ‘trying to squeeze in work between surgeries’.

It said: ‘This resource will enable GPs to have protected time with backfill of alternatively offer loss of earnings compensation for sessional GPs who wish to take on a leadership role.’

But it also said resources must be available for all tiers of clinical leadership within consortia.

The GPC said although media commentators have focused on the role of GPs, not all leaders in consortia will be from general practice. It said: ‘Other clinicians – consultants, public health doctors, staff grade doctors – and other health care professionals such as nurses of pharmacists may be appropriate leaders in certain roles.’

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