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GP practice to be part run by social services managers

A GP practice in Scotland will become the first to be placed under the control of social services managers, alongside health managers, within two months.

Health minister Shona Robison confirmed to the Scottish Parliament yesterday on 13 January that the practice in Lochee, Dundee will be run by a partnership between NHS Tayside and Dundee City Council from March.

This partnership will review whether the practice – which operates in an area of deprivation - has the right mix of health professionals and will examine ways to ‘stabilise’ the practice, she added.

Dozens of other struggling practices in Scotland are already under the management of health board having become unsustainable under the private contractor model.

But the Lochee surgery will be the first one to have additional operational input in a formal way from social services.

Ms Robison said: ‘There is an opportunity through the Dundee community health partnership working in an integrated fashion to take on operational management of the practice, look at the possibility of a multidisciplinary workforce, and stabilise that practice.

‘It will be able to look to the future and, I hope, develop new services for the people of Lochee.’

All regions of Scotland are expected to have ‘integration joint boards’ – comprising NHS board managers and social services managers - in place by April, to ensure that health and social care services work closer together, share resources and become more efficient.

Readers' comments (11)

  • I can't wait to move up to Scotland to work for not only an NHS manager but social services as my bosses as a GP.

    lolz look forward to seeing how many sausages they need to pay to persuade someone to work there!

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  • Get used to it. Soon GPs will all be part of single provider organsiations full of TUPE'd managerial deadwood. GPs will have no power, but heaps of responsibility. How compliant of GPs to tidily arrange themselves into federations....lambs...slaughter....
    Well done our leaders!

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  • The problem is patient feedback will be completely ignored.

    Managers will try and run the service with less clinical appointments and the 'truth' never gets out there.

    There will be improvement plans, management plans etc etc and be hailed a success.

    Similar to the nurse led clinics started years ago but which have mainly died a death

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  • John Glasspool

    Yes, most of the WiC's have died- unmourned medical corpses.

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  • "community health partnership working in an integrated fashion to take on operational management of the practice, look at the possibility of a multidisciplinary workforce, and stabilise that practice" what a lot of monsense- community health partnership for a start - what on earth does that mean- integrated as opposed to non integrated presumably -operational management err as opposed to non operational management??- possibility is weasel word if ever there was one- and stick in multidisciplinary because no paragraph like this is complete without it.

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  • What next, GPs to run social services departments?

    Why can't these people stick to what they are trained for and stop trying to micro manage things they simply don't understand.

    And how much do these management teams cost? More than enough to hire an extra doctor, HCA, Counsellor and Nurse is my guess.

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  • They love their jargon. I remember there was some texts about integration with SWD for early discharge. It said it wasn't just about rehabilitation of patients , but habilitation and pre-habilitation!

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  • Surely GPs can choose whether to work in an organisation like this.
    The 'real GP for the rich' and any old bod for the others is coming sooner than I thought.

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  • already happened in some community trusts and its awful - county councils using NHS as spare purse

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  • I am sorry but this idea is awful and not patient safe . I am fully trained GP and my skills are all wasted only because of failing CSA by 3 marks everything gone down the drain because of this CSA barrier . Why not to get proper trained GPs in Scotland by considering there WBA , PSQ , ES reports and OOH work to retain in GP practice . What else scotland need fully trained GPs who can increase workforce woth best patient care and safety . Please save us . We are teady to serve in Scotland if you want to retain us .

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