Government confirms GP partnership review terms of reference

The DHSC has confirmed formal terms of reference for the review intended to 'reinvigorate' the GP partnership model, calling for 'focused, affordable and practical' recommendations.

Partnership review chair Dr Nigel Watson
Partnership review chair Dr Nigel Watson

The terms of reference set out by the government confirm the timetable revealed by GPonline last month, with an interim report due in autumn and a final report by the end of 2018.

Proposals set out in the interim report will 'act as a discussion document with key general practice stakeholders and highlight any quick wins to support general practice' that could be implemented within a set timescale.

The review will focus on and produce recommendations in three key areas:

  • challenges currently facing partnerships within the context of general practice and the wider NHS, and how the current model of service delivery meets or exacerbates these.

  • benefits and shortcomings of the partnership model for patients, partners, salaried GPs, locum GPs, broader practice staff, for example practice nurses, and the wider NHS.

  • how best to reinvigorate the partnership model to equip it to help the transformation of general practice, benefiting patients and staff including GPs.

These three areas were also confirmed last month in a blog by review chair Dr Nigel Watson published on GPonline.

As part of this the review will consider 23 'key lines of enquiry', which are detailed here.

The DHSC has said that Dr Watson - a GPC member and chief executive of Wessex LMCs - will define the precise number of recommendations that emerge from the review. Dr Watson told GPonline last month that the review would initially look at a wide range of issues affecting general practice and partnerships before narrowing its focus.

Dr Watson said his aim was to work with the government, GPs, NHS organisations and other stakeholders to deliver a review that all parties felt they could buy into.

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