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Under this model, GP providers collaborate with community services and other providers. The GP Providers involved may initially collaborate amongst themselves as federations, networks or super-partnerships allowing for primary care to be provided at greater scale.
Where primary care is provided at a greater scale, there are potentially greater possibilities to recruit to a wider variety of specialisms ranging from social workers to psychologists, paediatricians to geriatricians to work alongside GPs in a more integrated manner. This may help to keep patients in the community, where clinically appropriate, and outside of the hospital.NHS England published "The Multispecialty Community Provider (MCP) emerging care model and contract framework" (the Framework) in July 2016, which brings together features and lessons learned from the 14 MCP Vanguards into a high-level framework for future MCPs to work from. In summary, these features are:
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In January 2017, NHS England published a number of policy documents which can be found here.