This breakfast discussion formed part of a series of events which focused on primary care and featured general practitioners, commissioners and policy makers. We explored general practice networks and their potential role in the future delivery of health services.
Dr Simon Brownleader, Blithehale Health Centre, Tower Hamlets shared his experiences of developing and leading a GP Network, discussed mechanisms to drive change and considered how current policy and finance shape future plans.
We also heard from John Macaskill Smith, Chief Executive of the Midlands Health Network, one of New Zealand’s most innovative primary care networks. The Network is spear-heading the development of new models of sustainable, fit for purpose primary care. They aim to support primary care organisations to reconfigure their clinical models, roles and businesses.
During the seminar delegates had the opportunity to:
- Discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with establishing and running a network of GP practices;
- Explore the impact of recent policy changes on the work of a GP network;
- Share experience about different models of general practice;
- Build knowledge of new models of primary care and how these can contribute to the effectiveness of health systems.