KEY FINDINGS SUMMARY FOR HEALTH EDUCATION COMMISSIONERS: GROUP CONSULTATIONS GENERAL PRACTICE NURSE (GPN) LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAMME EVALUATION
Group consultations deliver routine planned clinical care in primary care, and are one of the ‘new consultation types’ named in the 10 High Impact Changes in the GP Forward View1.The North West Programme was the first and largest learning support programme commissioned to date to support GPNs to introduce group consultations in England.
The ambition for this programme was to seed group consultations across the North west and start to build a network of GPNs who could support an expert peer cascade model that would enhance local sustainability.
This evaluation was funded as part of the programme and shed light on:
• What makes practice nurse led group consultations different
• Practice motivations for engaging with group consultations
• Critical success factors for GPN led group consultations
• Learning support to mobilise GPN led group consultations successfully
• The impact of group consultations on GPN experiences of delivering planned care
• Facilitators’ contribution to mobilising group consultations
• Potential next steps in the North West.
This summary report, aimed at education commissioners, presents key findings that will support education commissioners to invest in group consultation learning support for GPNs specifically and for other clinical disciplines more generally.