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New GP models trialled in radical Scottish primary care overhaul

As part of plans for 10 health centres to form 'community care teams' over the next two years, GP practices in Scotland will be trialling several new ways of working.

Many practices will begin working together to speed up access to appointments, GPs will operate in multidisciplinary teams - with staff including physiotherapists, and local centres will provide treatment that is currently only available in hospitals.

At two of the pilot health centres, 'a new type of doctor' will lead a multidisciplinary team, with some GPs set to be offered a year's training to take on the posts, working across both primary and acute care.

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated that the role of general practice in the NHS is 'set for a significant shakeup', with GP leaders in Scotland backing the overhaul.

Source: www.gponline.com

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