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Feature Link: NISPA


Further to Michael Smyth’s input about the NISPA work on federated models of care, this site might be of interest, particularly to our Northern Ireland readers.

Whilst the remit for NISPA is small practices, in essence the majority of its membership comes from remote & rural practices.  Some interesting solutions to the problem of isolated practice are addressed by federated-style management.

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Rural Practices in Northern Ireland moving towards Federation

Michael Smyth, GP, Northern Ireland writes…

nispaThe culmination of a collaborative plan between mostly small rural practices in Northern Ireland was the recent launch of a new action plan by the Northern Ireland Small Practice Association (NISPA).

Over 100 workers and GPs from practices across the province attended the event at the Manor House Hotel, Killadeas.

It’s estimated 54% of small practices in the Western Board area of Northern Ireland are located in Fermanagh with small practices accounting for 45% of all GP practices in NI.

The ‘Maintaining Independence Through Collaboration’ action plan outlines recommendations for small practices to help them work effectively with the necessary changes to NHS contracts first made in 2004, so to maintain and improve the quality of patient care already delivered by practices in the community. Continue Reading →

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