GP leaders have welcomed a drive to improve general practice quality, and called on doctors to work together to make it happen.
A framework has been drawn up by HIS (Healthcare Improvement Scotland) and the RCGP (Royal College of GPs) Scotland, with the involvement of the BMA Scottish GPs committee.
It makes a number of recommendations for action at a national, local and regional level, as well as describing existing quality-improvement activity in general practice.
The plan was published as Scottish health boards prepare to implement legislation to integrate health and social care, part of which will involve replacing community health partnerships with health and social care partnerships.
SGPC chair Alan McDevitt (pictured below) said: ‘We have been involved with this and support its development. It is part of our plan to address quality through professionalism and hope that GP locality groups in the new health and social care partnerships will be the setting for practices to work together on quality.’
In the introduction to the framework, RCGP Scotland chair John Gillies and HIS executive clinical director Brian Robson stress that the Scottish government’s health policies require ‘the full engagement’ of general practice to succeed.
They write: ‘We recognise the considerable workload pressures on all Scottish practices, and the desire to reduce waste, unnecessary variation and harm.
‘We believe this framework offers practical insight into how this can be achieved.’
Recommendations include production of standards and a self-evaluation tool for practices, as well as better support for practices to improve quality.
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