GP clusters are typically groups of between five to eight GP practices in a close geographical location. As described in the Scottish Government’s publication, Improving Together, the purpose of the clusters is to:
- encourage GPs to take part in quality improvement activity with their peers, and
- contribute to the oversight and development of their local healthcare system.
There is a nominated Practice Quality Lead in each GP practice and each cluster has a Cluster Quality Lead. Cluster Quality Leads support their local GP practices and liaise with locality teams and other professional groups and organisations.
We are developing our Improving Together Toolkit to support GPs and other healthcare professionals in their quality improvement journey, and in the redesign of local health and social care services. This will enable multidisciplinary teams to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time. More information on how primary care services are changing is available on the Scottish Government website.