Primary care networks in the English NHS: (another) triumph of hope over experience


In her research paper presentation for the HSR UK Conference 2020, HSMC Director Professor Judith Smith discusses the work of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded Birmingham, RAND Europe and Cambridge (BRACE) Rapid Evaluation Centre in evaluating the development and early implementation of Primary Care Networks.

This study explored what can be learnt from prior research evidence about GP collaborations, and entailed research in four case study Primary Care Networks to examine their early progress, and what is helping and hindering this type of working. The research has a particular focus on the experience of rural as well as urban collaborations, and those places where collaborative working in primary care may have struggled previously to become established.

The authors of the research paper and the overall PCNs study are: Judith Smith, Sarah Parkinson, Amelia Harshfield and Manbinder Sidhu.  The full report of this research will be published by NIHR later in 2020.

Download the presentation in full here.  Further details of this evaluation project are can be found on the BRACE website.

Health Services Research UK 2020

The Health Services Research UK Conference 2020 will be taking place between 1-3 July 2020 as a virtual and online conference and is completely free to anyone who wants to attend.  You can register for the conference here. The research papers and workshop sessions of the conference have been pre-recorded and are being uploaded onto the HSRUK website on a daily basis from 15 June 2020.

HSR UK will be livestreaming all the plenary sessions and making all of them, along with the research presentations, available to watch on their YouTube channel and via their website. 

You can also follow the conference, and discussion about research presentations, on Twitter by following the hashtag #HSRUK2020