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How to manage effective board meetings in a new GP organisation

By: Graeme Cleland | 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

Once a GP organisation has created a commercial entity, can you offer some advice and guidance about managing board meetings?

Graeme Cleland, Managing Director of Taurus Healthcare, offers advice on managing board meetings in new GP partnerships to welcome different perspectives.


Managing board meetings has been a really interesting process and actually that’s really all about corporate governance and organisational citizenship. If you start mentioning governance to clinically-based people they start thinking about clinical governance, clinical efficacy, pathways of care et cetera but actually this is a completely different process. The NHS has a particular way in which it manages meetings and it’s quite structured and almost quite didactic in the way it manages people through a meeting process. Very formal, minuted. Being part of a small business, a start up, a limited liability, or a Community Interest Company, brings with it different challenges. Keeping everybody focussed and accepting that everybody has a different perspective is really key. Creating diversity on your board is really important so there are key individuals. You need clinicians, you need practice management, you need proper organisational management and you need leadership. One of the key things, and I’ve been fortunate enough to do this on a number of occasions, on a number of boards, is every board needs a challenge meister, someone who will ask the difficult questions and challenge the historic behaviours and it is particularly relevant inside of a setting that’s highly structured and is quite used to doing things in a particular way over a long period of time.  So recognising the different skill sets, bringing forward challenge, and actually bringing forward a programme that embraces all is really important to managing board meetings.

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Graeme Cleland

Graeme Cleland is the managing director at Taurus Healthcare Ltd, a business he set up himself. Here, he helps to provide primary care services at scale, provide out of hospital care to the public and negotiate contracts with the NHS, CCG and regional commissioners.

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