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.

Read more
>
Key questions for the GP partnership review
> Why partnerships are not dead, according to GP behind government review
>
Dr Krishna Kasaraneni: GP partnerships are more relevant than ever

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

General practice 'finally turning a corner' after years of austerity

General practice 'finally turning a corner' after years of austerity

General practice is 'finally turning a corner' as positive developments across the...

Locum GPs penalised by 'discriminatory' NHS pension reforms

Locum GPs penalised by 'discriminatory' NHS pension reforms

Locum GPs could face significant financial losses under government plans to overhaul...

Viewpoint: Conflicting headlines are confusing patients about breast cancer risks

Viewpoint: Conflicting headlines are confusing patients about breast cancer risks

Over 40% of women do not feel they have a good understanding of the breast cancer...

NHS to step up recruitment scheme that has delivered 300 new GPs

NHS to step up recruitment scheme that has delivered 300 new GPs

Almost 300 GPs have joined the NHS workforce through the induction and refresher...

'Disappointing' that NHS needed outsiders to shake up tech approach, says Goldacre

'Disappointing' that NHS needed outsiders to shake up tech approach, says Goldacre

Babylon GP at Hand's video consultation model is among the 'most interesting challenges'...

BMA sends message of solidarity after New Zealand mosque attack

BMA sends message of solidarity after New Zealand mosque attack

The BMA has offered condolences to victims and families after attacks on two mosques...