GP Podcast: Can physician associates and skill mix ease the GP workforce crisis?

GP Podcast was invited to visit the Allum Medical Centre in Waltham Forest, north east London, which has helped pioneer the use of physician associates in primary care.

Senior partner and Waltham Forest CCG clinical director Dr Ken Aswani is involved in local transformation plans to recruit and train over 100 physician associates to help expand primary care and plug a projected 30% fall in GP numbers over the next five years.

GPonline senior reporter Neil Roberts spoke to Dr Aswani, local primary care transformation leader Dr Asma Ali, practice healthcare assistant Selina Chaudhri, and advanced nurse practitioner Ruth Amartey about how skill mix and new roles can support the future of general practice.

Dr Aswani told GP Podcast that he believes skill mix can allow general practice to improve despite falling GP numbers.

In our previous podcast, GPonline spoke to five GPs to explore what sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) mean for general practice. Click here to listen.

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