Final Paper in Series: General practice: a force for good in a brighter future?
Abstract:For many health visitors, the opportunities presented by a return, at least in the rhetoric of current policy, to their public health roots offers welcome relief from a decade dominated by general practice. And yet, as this paper shows, recent developments in general practice may hold the key to a more secure and rewarding future for the health visiting profession. Starting from the surprising position that health visiting and general practice have much more in common than may, on first sight, seem the case, the paper explores in some detail how practitioners and managers in Eastern Birmingham PCT are adapting two particular elements of the newGMS contract (service categorisation and the qualities and outcomes framework) in ways which could have significant benefits for health visiting and their colleagues in school nursing. Furthermore, deep within recent guidance on practice-based commissioning, lies an extraordinary opportunity for health visitors, but only if they are prepared to show their true entrepreneurial colours. The paper and this series concludes by noting that the profession needs to decide whether it is ready to seize such opportunities or whether it wishes to move in an altogether different direction of its own choosing, as staying still is not an option.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2004
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