Growing number of GPs work as part of Federations

Interest in setting up GP Federations continues to grow, Carter Lemon Camerons’ healthcare partner Andrew Firman has said.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has carried out research among England’s clinical commissioning groups to help increase understanding of how federations are working in practice.

Dr Mike Holmes, the RCGP’s clinical lead for the supporting federations programme, said that of those practices not yet in a federation, around 60 per cent said they would consider going into one.

Previous research indicates that as many as four in ten GPs are now part of a federation.

Dr Holmes said that practices should be free to decide on the arrangements which worked best for them, but acknowledged that all GPs could eventually be working as part of a collaborative arrangement.

“What we are hearing from those have federated is that there are benefits, both in terms of patient care and business efficiency,” he told delegates at the RCGP conference in Glasgow.

At Carter Lemon Camerons, our team has a wealth of experience helping clients in the healthcare profession and can offer guidance on the legal issues attached to forming a GP Federation. For more details please contact Andrew Firman.