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How to define the function and structure of a new GP organisation

By: Iain Murray | 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

Can you please tell us how to identify the corporate structure that best suits the needs and challenges of a group of GPs? This can be complex – please tell us how you reviewed the numerous options and structures. Can you explain the process you adopted and specific learnings?

Iain Murray, Managing Director of Allus Associates, discusses how GP organisations can learn from others when creating the right model for their group.


When bringing together a group of practices, and seeking to combine them in some new entity whether that is a fully-merged practice or some other vehicle, it’s really important to not lose sight of the function of that organisation and to really focus on that. What do you want that organisation to do, what is your shared purpose, what are your common goals? If you spend the right amount of time focussed on function, the form will follow almost as a second thought or as a consequence of getting that right. The key thing for us is also to ensure that GPs and practice managers from within our practices have the opportunity to learn from others and there is an awful lot of innovation taking place around the country at the moment with new models of general practice being developed, new approaches to the challenges that practices are facing and we’ve found it hugely beneficial to our members to have exposure to that, to put them in front of these thought leaders and these innovators in general practice so that not only it stimulates debate and discussion but also so they can take practical hints and tips and ideas from these people who are already doing it and we avoid the reinvention of the wheel which so often happens in the NHS. The key thing for us is go out, listen, observe, learn from others and try and bring those learnings back to your own patch so you can apply them, but do not lose sight of why you’re doing this in the first place.

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Iain Murray is the managing director at Heartbeat Alliance, a large GP federation in North Yorkshire. He’s also director at Allus Associates, another Yorkshire based organisation, this time committed to supporting the development and sustainability of primary care.

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