GP Networks a Step by Step Guide
An increasing number of GP practices are considering entering into some kind of collaborative arrangement with other practices. GP networks go by many names: federations, networks, collaborations, joint ventures, alliances. These terms are often used interchangeably to describe multiple practices coming together for a common goal. Whether this is driven by the desire to share costs and resources (for instance, workforce or
facilities) or as a vehicle to bid for enhanced services contracts, providing general practice at scale is increasingly being viewed as the future of general practice.This paper is designed to walk GPs through a list of key points for those practices actively establishing, or joining, a GP network, or those who are considering it. As individual GPs,practices and localities all have their own personalities and requirements, this paper should be regarded as food for thought rather than detailed guidance.