The GP workforce crisis - how are outcomes associated with different professionals?

BJGP Interviews

03-05-2022 • 12 mins

In this episode we talk to Dr Jon Gibson who is a research fellow at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester. Paper: Primary care workforce composition and population, professional, and system outcomes: a retrospective cross-sectional analysis https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2021.0593 (https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2021.0593) The increasing number of staff from diverse healthcare backgrounds is changing the general practice workforce in England. These changes provide a new opportunity to investigate whether, and how, workforce composition may be associated with outcomes. This analysis indicated that professional, population, and system outcomes show a variety of associations with primary care workforce composition. The findings demonstrated that different types of health professionals are not substitutes for each other, and the quantity and quality of primary care services delivered will depend on who is employed to work in this setting.