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Largest GP practice in England to cover 370,000 patients

A super-practice in Birmingham is expanding to cover a population of up to 370,000 patients, making it the largest GP partnership in England.

The Our Health Partnership in Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield will be expanding to include nine more practices in the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin area from May.

Pulse reported on discussions to set up the super-practice in 2015, when the partnership was expected to include 180 GP partners.

When the new practices join the partnership, OHP will have more than 200 partners at 42 practices and cover between 285,000 and 370,000 patients.

Like the other practices, the GPs will be able to hold on to their current contracts after joining the partnership.

The partnership is also in talks with NHS Shropshire CCG about collaborating on primary care development in the region.

Dr Mark Newbold, who describes OHP as the ‘largest GP partnership in the NHS’ on his University of Birmingham profile, is leading the partnership.

Dr Robert Morley, executive secretary of Birmingham LMC, was supportive of the super-partnership’s expansion, which he said is ‘the only way that GP-led general practice can remain viable’.

He said: ‘GPs now have no choice but to urgently adapt in order to survive and look for ways of preserving all the strengths of traditional general practice but within business models that allow them not just to survive, but to explore means to prosper within the increasingly hostile environment in which they have been deliberately placed.’

Dr Newbold declined to comment

Readers' comments (7)

  • I wonder what will happen when all the old partners use it as a vehicle for retirement and desert the ship?

    Watch this space...

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  • Vinci Ho

    Interesting
    Would like to see if the postulate of 'Trilemma' of globalisation applies in here as well:
    Integration , sovereignty and democracy; you can only have two out of three , but never all three.

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  • Birmingham LMC involved and supportive, sure this could not have happened without cardigan involvement and the quality of care is certainly going to be 'hailed' as a huge step forward from the dreary useless single handers and partners who can shut their gobs and now be compelled to listen to the LMC leader(and = NHSE) heading the conglomerate.

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  • I wonder how long it will be before super-large practices like this fall foul of anti-monopoly legislation?

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  • This can't be called a "super-practice" as each constituent practice holds on to their individual contract. This is a federation of practices. Nigel, the headline is misleading.

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  • The way we understand it, this is a bit more involved than a federation. Although individual practices retain their contracts, they are held 'in trust' for the wider partnership and all partners at OHP sign a partnership deed and pay an annual membership fee to OHP to operate under its umbrella.

  • Neil Bhatia

    This is a federation, surely? How else could they all hold individual contracts?

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  • Misleading title. This is the federated model which many areas are opting for!

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