A new survey of more than 5,000 GPs in England has found strong support for increased collaborative working.
Key findings from the poll, conducted as part of a wider survey into patient safety and workforce pressures on general practice, include:
• Half of all GPs (50 per cent) want to see the current independent model continued but with resources for greater collaboration.
• A third (32 per cent) want to see the development of collaborative alliances with multi-professional healthcare staff to manage increasing care outside of hospitals.
• GPs believe that greater collaboration has a range of benefits, including the potential to reduce the bureaucracy of managing a practice (39 per cent), cutting overall workload (37 per cent) and providing a sustainable way to cope with extended access (34 per cent).
• Just under a third (32 per cent) also believe they can provide greater security and sustainability of practices within a larger organisation.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair:
“These results demonstrate a very strong desire from GPs to work collaboratively in a range of flexible settings. There is support for the continuation of the current independent contractor model if GPs are given the resources and support they need to deliver an effective service to patients. Alongside this though, GPs also want to have closer ties with other practices and also with multi-professional healthcare staff. The benefits of developing these models is clear, especially as nearly four in 10 GPs believe that collaborative alliances are key to reducing bureaucracy and unnecessary workload.
“The BMA’s GP committee has already produced guidance on practices working in networks, and we will in the New Year develop further advice to support practices to take forward collaborative initiatives, including drawing upon transformation funds in the GP Forward View that should be made available from April 2017 onwards.”
You can view the full results of the survey here.
Notes to editors
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