Joanna Munden is a GP Partner of a practice in Wallington, Surrey. In this, the final episode of our short series on Physician Associates, Joanna outlines why her practice chose to train and appoint a PA, the value that the PA role brings to her practice and offers advice to other practices thinking of doing the same.
Louise Ashwood, Anne Macrae and Paula Marsden are practice nurses who are also part-time lead nurses for NHS Lambeth CCG. They have been part of a programme in the Borough to increase the recruitment and retention of practice nurses, expanding the number of practices who offer placements and increasing the number of nurse mentors. They explain to Ben how this works in practice and the impact their efforts have had. They look to the future of general practice nursing and offer advice for other areas.
Rachel Tyler is a GP at Ocean Healthcare in Plymouth. Faced with their own GP recruitment crisis Rachel’s practice decided to merge and, at the same time, drastically alter the way they provided care to their patients; by splitting general practice into acute and chronic on different sites. In this podcast Rachel tells Ben how this worked in practice, how it impacted on GPs and about the introduction of new roles to support general practice.
Robert McCartney is Managing Director of McCartney Healthcare Associates Ltd and an expert on what it takes to make practice mergers work. A solicitor by background Robert has been involved in a large number of successful mergers and, in this podcast, he explores with Ben the challenges, benefits and costs of two practices merging and looks at the enhanced governance requirements of merged practices.