Northern Ireland: new healthcare skills brought to GP practices

20 March 2020

New multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) that bring together a range of healthcare providers in GP practices are to be rolled out across the Western Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the Derry GP Federation of Family Practices.

MDTs include physiotherapists, social workers, social work assistants and mental health practitioners, all working within GP practices to provide enhanced access to health and social care services. The model also includes significant investment in additional nursing specialist roles such as health visiting and district nursing.

The area covered by the Derry GP Federation was one of the first to benefit from this transformation initiative. Since its introduction, 72 new staff have joined the MDTs – with 52 more due to start within months, and more than 20,000 patient appointments have taken place with these new staff.

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