As well as being a GP in Devon, Phil Evans is Associate Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Exeter and the national specialty lead for primary care with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research network. He talks to Ben in this week’s episode about the changing role of research in general practice including the role at-scale general practice can play in research, about working with industry and what makes a research-ready practice.
This is the fourth podcast in our short series about GP premises. This week Ben talks to John Pilcher from GPI, a primary care premises developer. John talks to Ben about the capital available for primary care estate development including capital money made available by the NHS Estates Fund and that from third party developers. He explains the differences between third party investment and PFI and talks about actions being taken to shorten the length of leases.
In this special edition of the podcast, celebrating our Eightieth episode, Ben goes back through the archives and selects expert opinion from previous podcast interviewees to help him answer three questions which, he believes, will determine the future of general practice. The questions relate to GP independence, optimum scale and the role of federations. He uses clips from diverse speakers including Mark Newbold, Nav Chana, Tracey Vell, Jonathan Cope and others to suggest ways in which general practice might change over the next ten years.
Our Health Partnership (OHP) in Birmingham is one of the country’s largest super-practices. We’ve been following its progress since we began the podcast and this week we catch up again with Managing Director Mark Newbold. The organisation has grown again including a new locality in Shropshire. OHP is now recognised as a single entity for the purposes of CQC assessment and a single accounting system is in place with a single set of accounts. Mark explains how these milestones have been achieved and looks to the future and an integrated care system.