GP Federations & other GP Networks

GP Federations and other GP Networks

Increasingly, GP practices are understanding the benefits of entering into some kind of collaborative arrangement with other practices. These GP networks go by many names; federations, networks, collaborations, joint ventures, or strategic alliances. These terms are often used interchangeably to describe multiple practices coming together in some form of collaboration.

Whether the objectives are to work more collaboratively or operate at greater scale to share costs and resources (for instance, workforce, resources or facilities) or to create an entity to bid for enhanced services contracts, GP networks and federations are increasingly  viewed as a vital part of the future of general practice.

GPC has produced guidance for those practices interested in establishing or joining a GP network. This ranges from information on the types of legal structures commonly used, to principles that should be considered when forming a network.

Guidance for GP networks from the British Medical Association

GPC have produced helpful guidance on the following topics:

This guidance from the BMA mainly applies to practices in England, but the principles of collaborative networks can also be applied across the UK. The RCGP has also produced a supporting federations webpage, which you may also find of some interest.

The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) does not endorse or support any specific model, but is merely highlights the different ways that GPs can and do organise themselves.

GPs may also find the following web pages useful:

The current and forthcoming pressures facing primary care
Essential components for collaboration
Benefits to patients and practices
Legal pros and cons
Other research and information
Appointment pooling schemes and Hub systems (case study)

Useful links and resources

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