Making the best use of doctors' skills

The Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners believe that new models of healthcare must be developed to meet the aspirations and needs of patients in the new and modern NHS and that doctors working together across traditional organisational boundaries are central to such new models.

Service provision should move away from the needs of organisations to the needs of patients. The Colleges believe that specialists and generalists working in strong collaborative arrangements offer a major and unrivalled opportunity to improve the quality and safety of patient care and to reduce health inequalities.

Such arrangements are essential to deliver NHS initiatives outlined in the new health and social care White Paper, such as the Care Closer to Home programme and better management of long-term conditions. Current reform of postgraduate medical education and training also gives an opportunity to develop innovative training to support such collaborative arrangements.

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