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Understanding changes in funding models for GP organisations

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

With funding models changing constantly, how would you keep abreast of these changes?

Iain Murray, Managing Director of Allus Associates, explains how working with others can help GP groups understand changes in funding models

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Keeping abreast of the changes in funding models at the moment is a real challenge for GP organisations, particularly given they’ve got limited resource and the speed of change and new developments and rumours are rife within the NHS currently. We found the most effective way on the ground to try and keep abreast of these changes is to engage effectively with our Local Medical Committee colleagues. They’re very close to this. There is a live conversation happening constantly around particularly new contracts in general practice, but also more broadly in the integrated care space. They’re really heavily involved. So we ‘ve found it very effective as a way of us keeping up to speed with what’s going on and then trying to interpret that at a local level, working closely with our LMC colleagues and bringing them in. Add to that attendance at national conferences particularly those run by the royal colleges but increasingly by other organisations such as the Nuffield, has been really valuable for leaders of our GP organisations as well. Not just to hear from thought leaders and policy makers but also to have the opportunity to spend time with colleagues trying to achieve similar aims and objectives in other organisations in other parts of the country, and trying to make sense of what they’re hearing and what it might mean for them and how they might respond. So having the opportunity to network at a local and national level is really, really valuable for them but also of great value we’ve found is to reach out and make contact with organisations we know are leading the way for primary care on a national footing. So, organisations such as the Modality Partnership, Our Health Partnership, and others, the Haxby Group in Yorkshire, that are actively trying to look at not only how they develop new models of primary care and general practice in particular and to put general practice on a sustainable footing, but also to look at the integrated care agenda and how the funding mechanisms might lead them to develop new effective integrated models with general practice at the core.  

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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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