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 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.
Improving Together Interactive (ITi) is a new virtual portal hosting an extensive catalogue of national resources to support GP Clusters in their quality improvement activities and in the redesign of local health and social care services, enabling 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.