Linking education, research, and service in general practice

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7128.323 (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:323

Opportunities for the development of university linked general practices

  1. Paul Wallace, Professor of primary health carea,
  2. Stewart Drage, Medical secretaryb,
  3. Neil Jackson, Dean of postgraduate general practice education, North Thames (east) regionc
  1. a Royal Free and University College London Schools of Medicine, London NW3 2PF
  2. b Middlesex and London Local Medical Committees, London WC1H 9HX
  3. c Thames Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, London WC1N 3EJ

    Over the past decade general practice has undergone major changes that have placed it theoretically in the forefront of a “primary care led NHS” and increasingly in the mainstream for providing undergraduate medical education.1 2 Thus general practitioners have gained an increasing role in caring for patients who would formerly have been in hospital or other care facilities. Many general practitioners have also been engaged in purchasing care for their patients through fundholding schemes, and it is clear from the white paper that general practitioners will continue to have a major role in commissioning.3 These and other changes in healthcare provision have led to a consensus that a much greater proportion of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education should take place in general practice.4 In addition, a clear …

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