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How GP practices can share resources to build sustainability

By: Tracey Vell | Post date: 20/12/2017 | Time to read article: 1 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 14/11/2018

There are concerns around the sustainability of GP Organisations and the numerous iterations – can I have your thoughts about the next 2/3 years?

Dr Tracey Vell, Chief Executive of Manchester Local Medical Committee, discusses hub-based working and the benefits for GP practices to achieve sustainability.


Over the next 2 to 3 years, we have a changing landscape in general practice so currently we have a depleted workforce which we need to sustain, we also have a need to see more business intelligence within our practices or within our localities in, a setting. I have ideas of what might help that we’re trying to do in our Greater Manchester setting. First, is to enable practices to become more resilient. To do this, you have to collect them, into a hub-based setting which can be hosted by a GP federation. That hub-based working makes them more able to share resources so they can share workforce and they can also extend their workforce so we can have community pharmacists forming part of the team that apply to a hub of 5 or 6 practices whereas they don’t really apply naturally to a single practice. So we can expand the workforce, which then gives GPs chance to breathe in their practices. In the breathing, they can produce more quality continuity of care and that’s essentially the future, so if one of the practices couldn’t recruit or has a problem with regulation, and has to close, the rest over that population of 30 to 50,000 can absorb that practice and the care of that population. And I think that’s the sustainable future for general practice. So widening partnership, also delivering care en masse to a population. 

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Tracey Vell has worked in general practice for over 23 years. Now, she also acts as chief executive of Manchester LMC and chair of the Association of Greater Manchester LMCs, as well as working nationally on the New Models of Care Technical Committee.

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