RCGP signs deal to provide resilience support to Manchester practices

The RCGP has signed up to provide a GP Excellence programme for practices in Manchester.

RCGP headquarters: Euston Square, London
RCGP headquarters: Euston Square, London

The deal, with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSC) - the devolved joint commissioning body - is part of a £2m programme of support for GPs in the region.

The college will be paid for its work providing clinical and management expertise for the programme, which is part of Greater Manchester’s primary care reform plans - the region’s response to the GP Forward View - paid for by its transformation fund.

Greater Manchester became the first region in England to take full control of health and social care from 1 April 2016 in a £6bn devolution deal.

GP sustainability

Under the GP Excellence programme (formerly the GP Resilience programme), the college will identify ideas and innovations to help make practices more sustainable and resilient, and share these across the region.

The RCGP, working with commissioners, will also develop peer-to-peer support, coaching and mentoring schemes.

A co-ordination unit will be established to focus on support and development and as a single access point for practices. The unit will co-ordinate support packages through teams in each locality.

College vice chair Professor Martin Marshall said: ‘There are so many excellent initiatives already happening in general practice – we want to identify these and find ways to replicate them, where appropriate, elsewhere, as well as trialing other innovative ways of working. We also want to provide support to any GPs and their teams that are finding it difficult to meet escalating patient demand within the confines of finite resources and workforce.’

Patients' interests

He added: ‘A robust general practice service is key to the long-term sustainability of the NHS, and the college is looking forward to working towards and promoting this in the best interests of GPs and our teams, the wider health service, and most importantly, our patients.’

GMHSC Partnership chair Lord Peter Smith said: ‘The RCGP has vast knowledge experience in identifying and replicating best practice. They will be a fantastic resource for us here in Greater Manchester to help us improve general practice and tailor initiatives to suit local patient need.

'We are delighted to be working so closely with them and we can look forward to a bright future for Greater Manchester’s general practices.’

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