General practice learning network

As part of our programme of research into new models of primary care and general practice, the Nuffield Trust has launched a learning network for established, innovative organisations who consider themselves to be at the leading edge of larger-scale general practice and primary care provision.

Learning network

For more information on this learning network contact:

020 7631 8450

Learning network lead

Stephanie Kumpunen

    The network offers organisations developmental support; and provides an opportunity to share past and current experience of developing different care, business and organisational models for primary care. It also gives local primary care leaders a chance to engage in and help shape the wider debate about the future of general practice and its role within wider primary care in England.

    Members of the network  meet quarterly. As well as sharing their experience of extending the scope and scale of services within primary care, they meet and hear from influential national and international speakers who are shaping the latest thinking about the future of primary and wider care.

    We are committed to engaging with, and involving, as large a group of primary care organisations as possible in our work and will disseminate and spread learning from the network via our website and in events tailored for primary care colleagues. If you are a primary care organisation interested in being kept up to date about this programme of work, please email Stephanie Kumpunen. 


    We are delighted to welcome the following organisations into our general practice network. These organisations were selected following a competitive application process*: 

    • One Medical Group, Leeds
    • Tower Hamlets GP Provider Group, London
    • Whitstable Medical Practice, Whitstable
    • First4Health Federation, London
    • Shropshire Doctors Cooperative Ltd, Shropshire
    • Modality Partnership, Birmingham
    • Harness GP Cooperative Ltd, London
    • Invicta Health CIC, Canterbury
    • GP Care, Bristol
    • Hurley Group, London
    • The Practice, Buckinghamshire
    • Brighton and Hove Integrated Care Service, Brighton and Hove 
    • AT Medics, London 

    *Selection criteria

    The network targets organisations that are already established and consider themselves to be at the forefront of general practice and primary care development and innovation. Places were limited and we were disappointed to have to turn some excellent organisations down. All applications were considered and evaluated to ensure a mix of:

    • Size of organisation (registered population and number of GP practices involved)
    • Lifespan of the organisation
    • Governance type (e.g. federation, network, multi-practice organisation, super-partnership)
    • Geographical spread
    • Rural/urban spread
    • Deprivation level
    • Strategic priorities


    This learning network will be supported by the following Nuffield Trust staff:

      Our Primary Care Research Programme

      The GP Learning Network forms part of the Nuffield Trust’s programme of research into the future of general practice and primary care. This programme of research is tracking the development, activities and impact (on patients and professionals) of large-scale general practice organisations.

      New online learning network

      To help groups of GPs and other primary care professionals work out how to bring about meaningful change on the ground, the Nuffield Trust is working with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to run an online learning network to support GPs in establishing large-scale organisations. Funded by NHS England and targeting newly formed and emerging federations and informal groups of practices, the network will offer a virtual platform for GPs to access expert advice, peer support and discussion forums.

      The network will seek to disseminate learning and experience to those grappling with the same issues, becoming a repository of useful tips about how (or how not) to do things. By providing a place for sharing, the RCGP and Nuffield Trust hope to offer those who are working to bring about change in general practice a source of support. To help inform the content of this network, we are inviting GPs and CCGs to complete a short survey. If you’re interested in participating in this survey, please email Natasha Curry.

      The virtual network is just one strand of a wider programme of work around primary care being developed by the Nuffield Trust. Our network of established GP organisations has been up and running for 9 months and is proving to be a fascinating source of intelligence about the challenges and issues facing general practice. It has also highlighted that there is a huge amount of innovation taking place across the country. Alongside the learning network, our two year in-depth research programme is seeking to understand whether large-scale GP organisations are different to ‘traditional’ primary care in terms of the quality of care they offer, the level of staff and patient experience they deliver and the scope of services they provide.