Memorandum of Understanding is signed with the Royal College of GPs at the Strategic Partnership Board today

A memorandum of understanding has been signed by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (the Partnership) and the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) to deliver the GP Excellence Programme, a key part of the Primary Care Reform Programme.

The GP Excellence Programme has earmarked £2M from Greater Manchester’s Transformation Fund to support GP practices across Greater Manchester.  The expertise of the RCGP will be used to identify ideas and innovations that are working well, and aim to share these to the benefit of patients across the region; also helping to promote resilience in individual practices.

The College and commissioners will also develop peer to peer support, coaching and mentoring schemes that have been established through close work with practices across the country with the aim of GP excellence in the quality of care delivered across Greater Manchester.

Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair of RCGP, said:

“We’re delighted to have this opportunity to work with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership in order to promote high quality, safe patient care in general practice right across Greater Manchester.

“There are so many excellent initiatives already happening in general practice – we want to identify these and find ways to replicate them, where appropriate, elsewhere, as well as trialing other innovative ways of working. We also want to provide support to any GPs and their teams that are finding it difficult to meet escalating patient demand within the confines of finite resources and workforce.”

“A robust general practice service is key to the long term sustainability of the NHS, and the College is looking forward to working towards and promoting this in the best interests of GPs and our teams, the wider health service, and most importantly, our patients.”

Lord Peter Smith, Chair of GMHSC Partnership added:

“The RCGP has vast knowledge experience in identifying and replicating best practice. They will be a fantastic resource for us here in Greater Manchester to help us improve general practice and tailor initiatives to suit local patient need. We are delighted to be working so closely with them and we can look forward to a bright future for Greater Manchester’s general practices.”