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GP partnership review: final report

Published: 15th January 2019

This report details the findings of the GP partnership review led by Dr Nigel Watson and makes final recommendations to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and to the CEO of NHS England.

The review has engaged with GPs and others with an interest to look for solutions to reinvigorate the partnership model and support the transformation of general practice.

The case studies document has been created to share examples of different business models that general practice partnerships are using today.

Download GP partnership review: final report | GP partnership review: case studies, business models

Using his research and his personal experience as a GP partner, Dr Watson sets out recommendations for the government, NHS England and other representative bodies.

The recommendations include:

  • reducing the personal risk and unlimited liability currently associated with GP partnerships
  • the need for a wider range and capacity of healthcare professionals available for services in the community, embedded as part of general practice
  • increased funding for GP training places and a more specialised focus in medical training on general practice as a positive career choice

The review, which began in May 2018, received written feedback from over 120 individuals and organisations.

As part of his research, Dr Watson visited over 25 GP practices around the country, ranging from those that were experiencing challenges with recruitment and retention, to those that had developed innovative solutions to issues they faced.

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