GPs urged to integrate services

GPs should use their commissioning role to integrate both primary and secondary care and NHS and social care services, a King's Fund report says.

The report said GP commissioning could be used as a platform on which to build integration. It comes as health minister Simon Burns championed integrated care, outlining that service delivery needs to be ‘as efficient as possible’.

The King’s Fund report, Clinical and service integration: the route to improved outcomes, said powers to ‘make as well as buy’ services would put GP commissioners at the front line of integrated care.

Professor Chris Ham, the think tank’s chief executive and lead author of the report, said: ‘While there is no doubt that it will be challenging to make sure that competition and integration work alongside each other to deliver the right benefits for patients, it should not prove an impossible task. Both have an important role to play in the new system.’

At the King’s Fund annual conference last week, health minister Simon Burns said service delivery must be as ‘efficient as possible’.

He suggested GP consortia could design and negotiate integrated contracts. ‘Maybe it’s only one person sick, but they have multiple NHS organisations to deal with,' he said. 'Is this really the best way of doing things? I hope you’ll agree the current situation is not.’

NHS White Paper 2010 - news and analysis

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

phone and laptop

Blanket rollout of patient record access programme halted

Plans to roll out access for all patients to prospective entries to their GP medical...

GP sign

Scottish GP capacity hits lowest point in more than a decade

Scotland has lost 3% of its full-time equivalent (FTE) GP workforce since 2019 -...


GPs fear funding cuts and sidelining of LMCs as ICS model beds in

GPs fear hospital trust overspends could become 'general practice's problem' as representation...

Doctor on a computer

3 reasons why recruiting with GP Jobs makes your life easier

How GP Jobs can help you fill vacancies in your practice.

Amoxicillin antibiotic drug capsules

Viewpoint: How can we reduce antibiotic prescribing?

Dr Anita Sharma, who has been involved with several antibiotic prescribing initiatives...

Person typing on laptop

Complaints against GPs up 37% compared with pre-pandemic levels

Written complaints about GP practices have surged by more than a third compared with...