GPs launch national federation to counter rising pressure on practices

GPs based in locations across the UK have launched a national federation to help practices compete for contracts and cope with falling resources.

Dr Simon Bradley: federation will bring together top 10% of practices
Dr Simon Bradley: federation will bring together top 10% of practices

Quality Practice was launched by six founder practices in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, London and Manchester, but aims to bring together the top 10% across the UK.

Its founders believe the federation will provide a unique structure for collaboration in the development of quality general practice. It aims to champion the future of general practice underpinned by NHS values, sustain and grow independent practices, deliver new NHS and private sector income streams, and influence the development of primary care provision.

Dr Simon Bradley, a GP in South Gloucestershire and a director of the new organisation, told GP the federation would provide a national corporate structure to strengthen independent practices with a focus on quality in the new developing healthcare market.

He said it would enable member practices to compete for national contracts that small independent practices would otherwise be unable to.

‘Practices have been under the biggest pressure they have ever been under. We in general practice are expected to do more and more, but with decreasing resources,' said Dr Bradley. ‘So practices have to change the way they work if they are to survive in their current form. This way we can keep the best qualities of local practice but with the protection of a national corporation.’

Member practices will benefit from knowledge sharing, consultancy support, practice development briefings, quality improvement frameworks and CQC inspection advice.

Dr Bradley said the organisation was unique as a national federation that brings practices together on the basis of a shared ethos.

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