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General Practitioners with a Special Interest: Management of Change and Opportunities

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Over the last ten years there has been increasing interest in specialisation in primary care and general practitioners with special interests (GPwSIs) are here to stay. The NHS improvement plan states that a wide range of NHS services are to be delivered through primary care, with an emphasis on the increase in the numbers of practitioners with a special interest. There are a number of important issues surrounding GPwSIs that still need to be resolved in the coming years and many barriers that will need to be overcome regarding training, remuneration and accreditation. The whole process will inevitably become more formalised and this will be evolutionary not revolutionary and will require Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and practitioners to be adaptable and to be prepared to cope with the changes. There is clear guidance on how to proceed and much helpful information is available. It will be important to evaluate existing schemes and to look for research opportunities, particularly in the areas of cost effectiveness and patient satisfaction.

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  • Authors: M Kirby
  • Keywords: GP with special interest, Advanced procedures, Developing services, Specialised clinical interest.
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