Integrating new non-medical practitioners in general practices: barriers and facilitators
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Integrating new non-medical practitioners in general practices: barriers and facilitators

Lynn Koworera Senior lecturer practitioner in advance clinical practice, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England
Sally Goldspink Associate professor, professional doctorate director health and social care, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the barriers and facilitators to integrating new non-medical practitioners in general practices

  • To recognise the challenges associated with integrating new non-medical practitioners in general practices

  • To acknowledge that sustainable models of transdisciplinary working are needed to ensure that the general practice workforce can deliver safe, effective and responsive patient care

General practices in England face workforce challenges because of insufficient numbers of GPs and practice nurses, combined with an increase in demand for services. One solution is to integrate new non-medical practitioners – such as advanced nurse practitioners, paramedics, pharmacists, physician associates and physiotherapists – in the general practice team. The integration of some of these roles is incentivised by the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme launched in 2019 for five years. This article reports on and discusses the findings of a scoping review of the recent literature on the barriers and facilitators to the integration of new non-medical practitioners in general practices in England. The review found that the integration of new non-medical practitioners faces many challenges and that sustainable models of transdisciplinary working are needed.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2022.e1770

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

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Correspondence

lynn.koworera@pgr.aru.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Koworera L, Goldspink S (2022) Integrating new non-medical practitioners in general practices: barriers and facilitators. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2022.e1770

Published online: 24 May 2022

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