There are a number of government and other initiatives aimed at supporting and encouraging practices to 'work at scale'. Fiona Barr reports on what they are aiming to achieve.
NHS England's Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View sets out its vision for the NHS over the next two years, including changes for general practice.
Deeper analysis of data has highlighted new ways of improving efficiency for one GP practice. Rima Evans reports.
The Primary Care Home model, developed by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), is aiming to increase collaboration and bridge the gap between primary and secondary care. But does primary care really have the capacity to deliver more services?
A new GP/Medeconomics supplement examines how new care models are changing general practice, the challenges they face and the implications for GPs' medical indemnity.
Dr Nigel Watson's practice is part of a vanguard multispecialty community provider that is helping develop the new MCP contract. He argues that new care models provide practices with an opportunity to influence how services are delivered and improve patient care.
GP funding under the new voluntary multispecialty community provider (MCP) contract could depend on meeting disease prevention and population health targets and reductions in hospital admissions.
New research on providing GP services at scale shows that successes have been limited and 'hard-won'. Stephanie Kumpunen explains how the lessons learned by the early adopters can help others work at scale more effectively.
Many practices are recognising the benefit of 'up-scaling'. The Priory Medical Group in York, which has 56,000 patients, tells Rima Evans how its business has grown in recent years.
Details of a new 'working at scale' contract for practices in England are due to be announced shortly, but what will it mean for practices' current contractual arrangements?
A GP practice in Nottingham has been host to an orthopaedic clinic run by consultants, which has reduced costs and improved access to treatment. Rima Evans reports.
The CQC has produced guidance to help groups of registered providers who wish to form a federation understand their duties and responsibilities about the registration requirements.
What are GP provider organisations? And what are the pros and cons of practices coming together in this way? Neha Shah explains.
Download Medeconomics' Guide to Practice Mergers, which provides advice on the financial, legal, HR, management and patient engagement issues involved with a merger.
There are many benefits to being part of a federation. Roger Tweedale explains how federating can help your business.
Federations must plan carefully and commercially assess every opportunity if they are to succeed, says Roger Tweedale.
The Whitstable Medical Practice has been 'working at scale' for many years, which has delivered cost efficiencies and expanded the services available to patients. As an MCP vanguard site the practice's model is now being rolled out across the local area.
Working at scale and delivering integrated care can help deliver a more sustainable general practice, according to a GP involved in one of the new models of care vanguard sites.
A federation of London practices is slashing the A&E workload at one of the capital's busiest hospitals thanks to data-sharing technology. Dr Mike Smith explains how the system works.
Forming a federation will save local services without undermining practices' independence or individuality, writes Laura Halls.
A federation of GP practices in east London is supporting new and existing local GPs, writes Joe Lepper
Comparing activity between GPs can provide data that helps practices plan their workforce, predict profitability and improve local service provision, writes Fiona Barr
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