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GPs to be trained as 'managing directors' in new medical school, claims NHS manager

A new medical school programme that would teach GPs to be 'managing directors' of their healthcare communities is being plotted by NHS managers.

The idea forms part of Dorset's 'sustainability and transformation plan' (STP), which wants GPs to take a lead on things like workforce and recruitment in their local NHS rather than just being clinicians.

According the STP's 'innovation lead' Dr Phil Richardson, this would be underpinned by a workforce including pharmacists and physician associates.

He told Pulse: 'We need to teach people how to run a community, how to run a workforce, how to deal with recruitment – all those things that you don't really get in a medical school. So it's creating GPs fit for community-based leadership.’

Dr Richardson was speaking to Pulse following a speech at the King's Fund, where he claimed the medical school could be up and running in just 18 months.

A Bournemouth University spokesperson told Pulse there were 'no concrete plans' but it was 'exploring a range of potential joint ventures' with local trusts and NHS Dorset CCG relating to the training of new NHS workforce.

Readers' comments (7)

  • New lucrative teaching jobs for the NHS Managers, I guess. Why would you need courses when NHS Managers are annihilating our health servce ?

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  • Vinci Ho

    I would say teachings in philosophy, history and politics instead.

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  • Train em up!
    They'll turn out more management consultants than doctors!
    They know where the work life balance is!

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  • Cobblers

    Yes we are seriously short of Managers. Can't have enough of them. That's why I went to medical school of course.

    God give me strength. The manager b@stards are metastasising. The body NHS is dying. Palliative Care is needed or maybe Dignitas?

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  • Only those managers without the insight to realise their job is impossible, due to the communist control heirarchy, and pointless, remain in the NHS. If you try to make intelligent doctors culpable for the failings of Soviet style central planning they will simply leave.

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  • Management training for GPs would be a great step. Many GPs are struggling to manage their practices in the modern world with numerous well-organised threats from CQC and the like.

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  • Isn't this the reason why we employ practice managers? This would involve more time away from seeing patients. The recruitment problems are surely related to a lack of GPs and, particularly, a lack of those that want partnership. I'm sure that many of the doctors in my practice could be 'managing directors' but this will inevitably lead to reduced patient contact.

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