What is a GP Federation?

A federation is a group of general practices or surgeries forming an organisational entity and working together within the local health economy.

The remit of a GP Federation is generally to share responsibility for delivering high quality, patient-focussed services for its communities. This can include developing services specifically to suit local needs which are more easily commissioned ‘at scale’ – i.e. across a number of towns/districts.

Federations can submit bids to deliver services which are already part of primary care services, or that could be delivered in the future. GP Federations improve service integration between practices and providers which improves the quality and safety of services.

This model, supported in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, provides opportunities for economies of scale. This includes minimising duplication of effort on areas practices currently deal with individually such as back office functions and the procurement of practice services. It will also enable the development of centralised training and education.

Why has South Warwickshire GP been formed?

With the combination of a growing population, people living longer and a higher than average elderly population managing multiple medical conditions, GP practices need to find more efficient ways of working so that we can continue to provide high quality care to our patients despite the growth in demand.

The traditional primary care model is becoming increasingly unsustainable and it is important that we work together to protect and enhance the valuable services we provide as part of the NHS.

15.4 million people are already dealing with the impact of a long-term condition, those that, at present, cannot be cured. And around 1.9 million people have three or more multiple conditions such as arthritis, mental health illness, heart disease, and diabetes. By 2018, the NHS is expecting that figure to increase significantly, to 2.9 million.

Dr Martin McShane

NHS England’s Director for Long-Term Conditions, NHS England