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How to engage colleagues when establishing 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

One of the key challenges faced by GP organisations is the time and co-operation required from colleagues to progress and drive change within the organisation. Can you tell us please about how you achieved this?

Iain Murray, Managing Director of Allus Associates, discusses how to find a common purpose when forming new GP organisations.


GP organisations face a real challenge certainly in the early stages to get established, and get the buy in, time and co-operation from colleagues to take the organisation forward and drive forward the change that they need to effect. We’ve found particularly helpful has been to establish a common shared purpose for the organisation and to do that jointly with colleagues so there is both the will to get involved in the first place and the will to stay involved with the organisation through the rough times. That’s not to say that we can’t pay attention to the need to compensate people for taking time out of practice. The juggling act that GP organisations need to achieve is striking a balance between what is a fair rate of pay and does actually compensate the practices but at the same time is affordable to the organisation. Get those two things right, in our experience, we can take organisations onto bigger and better things and achieve the change they need.

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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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