An increasing number of GPs are now working as part of a federation, a new study has found.
The research, conducted by the British Medical Association (BMA), revealed a significant shift in the way practices are operating nationwide.
Across the UK, more than a third (37 per cent) of all GPs said their practice now worked as part of a federation. In England alone, the number was even higher, with more than two in five GPs (43 per cent) now part of a federation.
Meanwhile, just one per cent of respondents said they were contracted with an NHS hospital trust, illustrating the mistrust towards greater integration with hospitals.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, said the survey demonstrated that an increasing number of practices were adopting new models of working.
“It is clear that there has been a big change in the way GP practices are working together, with the increased development of networks and federations,” he said.
“It is important that these new working arrangements enable practices to be both big and small at the same time, retaining the valuable and much appreciated connection with patients in a local community whilst working with others to protect services across the whole local area.”
If you are looking to form a federation with other GP practices or want advice on the financial issues arising from the transition, contact HSP Nicklin today.