What are we trying to do?
As part of their Primary Care (General Practice) Workforce Strategy NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is implementing new roles in Primary Care. NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester aims to evaluate the process and early impact of implementing these new roles.
Why is it important?
At a national, regional and local level, there is recognition that Primary Care services are meeting ever increasing and ever changing demands, and that to meet those demands in an appropriate, efficient and sustainable way, such services need to change. There is currently great emphasis on the development of a more community-based healthcare delivery with an increased range of skills, expertise and services available within GP surgeries. The NHS Salford CCG Primary Care (General Practice) Workforce Strategy suggests that the incorporation of new general practice-based roles may deliver the required changes and contribute to increased choice, improved access and better outcomes for patients. A number of ‘early adopter’ sites across Salford are piloting this aspect of the workforce strategy with the introduction of Advanced Practitioner, Physician Associate, and Clinical Pharmacist roles, amongst others.
This evaluative study will provide valuable insight into the process of introducing and embedding new roles in Salford Primary Care services that can be shared with key staff, health care partners and stakeholders to inform future service development.
How will we do it?
The project will initially focus on a Process Evaluation. Between April 2017 and March 2018 the project will seek to identify the challenges and opportunities encountered by the Salford early adopter sites when establishing the new roles. It will draw on document analysis, observation of relevant meetings and semi-structured interviews/focus groups with key individuals involved in the Salford implementation. It will also seek to identify realistic and measurable outcomes (both health and service delivery) that could be captured for future study.
Who are we working with?