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Collaboration with other practices can improve access to a greater number of experts and means that good practice
 can be exchanged between peers.

Networks can give you access to information; they can allow you to share representative duties; raise your pro le; and can offer you good support. The Health Foundation has shared a “5C wheel” model and this model enables a network to add value especially in quality improvement.

Collaboratives usually involve a central learning event followed
by local implementation using quality improvement tools, such as PDSA cycles. These are supported by regular communication between the expert(s) and the participants as well as through the sharing of results, feedback and learning. Collaboratives are an ideal tool for Federations and general practices at scale to benefit from.

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  • Time for Care learning in action programmeThe Time for Care programme is at the heart of the General Practice Forward View's support for practices to redesign their care and manage demand more sustainably. Using a variety of means this initiative provided by the NHS England Sustainable Improvement team will give every practice in England the chance to learn about proven innovations that release time for care.
  • Productive General Practice Quick StartProductive General Practice (PGP) Quick Start is an on-site, hands-on, short term support package for practices that forms part of a local Time for Care programme. Alongside the 10 High Impact Actions the support package provided by NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team aims to help practices release time for care and build improvement capability.
  • General Practice Improvement Leaders ProgrammeThe General Practice Improvement Leaders Programme is a free training programme designed for GPs, practice managers, nurses, project managers and facilitators working in general practice to support the GP Forward View. The programme provided by NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team offers step-by-step tools and techniques to help build skills and confidence to lead service redesign in general practice.
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