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Our new management strategy: the role of consultant GP

From Dr Paul Hardy, Plymouth

Dr Maureen Baker is a bit off the pace, asking for mental health workers in GP practices. Having failed to recruit for our retiring senior partner, after a national advert,we decided to spend our money on a mental health worker rather than further fruitless adverts for a replacement GP.

We already have a pharmacist and nurse practitioner plus local open access to a physio for our patients. A quick audit confirmed a high demand for mental health skills in our practice. Several mental health applicants responded to our enquiries and adverts and after some negotiation we have now recruited a post.

It is a joy to refer to our diabetic specialist nurse, respiratory nurse, pharmacist, nurse prescriber/minor injuries/practitioner and now mental health practitioner. The consultant GP is our management strategy to survive in practice. Now Maureen, how about some more lobbying for direct funding support to help us with this initiative?

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Dear All,
    Good idea. Career progression in GP Land, experience based clinical heirarchy, appropriate deployment of skill sets. Managing a valuable resource. Not the first time its been suggested, but it needs to be shouted about a lot more.
    Regards
    Paul C

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  • The current model for general practice is now past its sell by date. I have often quietly proposed that a more effective model for the modern health climate is one in which the GP sits as a Consultant at the head of a team of health specialists. The Consultant GP would not be the first access point for patients would be referred to by the practice health specialists to manage complex cases.

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  • Further to my previous post have just noted the article today: "Two Thirds Of GP Appointments 'Don't Need A Doctor'". I rest my case - GPs need to wake up and stop the self-flagellation to the point of exhaustion. Time to reorganise the system or die.

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