We work with primary care services to build evidence to understand the national context for GMS contract implementation and develop a culture of continual improvement.


The Primary Care Phased Investment Programme (PCPIP) will support Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCP) and primary care services to accelerate progress on implementing aspects of the General Medical Services (GMS) contract (2018). The programme will be delivered at pace to support teams to explore challenges, identify areas for change and improve services. The programme aims to: 

  • support fuller implementation (in line with local context and local population needs) of the GMS contract with a focus on improving key regulated priority areas - pharmacotherapy and Community Treatment and Care (CTAC) services - whilst maintaining other elements of the contract
  • develop a culture of continuous improvement across primary care settings and, 
  • build evidence to understand the national context for GMS contract implementation to inform long term Scottish Government investment.


The programme will consist of two main components: 


Demonstrator sites

We will support four demonstrator sites from across Scotland to use a quality improvement approach to test full implementation of CTAC and pharmacotherapy services. We will work closely with demonstrator sites to: 

  • create the conditions for change 
  • understand local population needs 
  • design and test models of care, and  
  • evaluate impact on patients and staff. 



The Primary Care Improvement Collaborative is open to all primary care services across Scotland and builds on the success of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Primary Care Access Programme (PCAP) and our previous work with pharmacotherapy and CTAC services.  

Participating teams will be supported to focus on improving aspects of access, pharmacotherapy or CTAC services or a combination of these. Teams will be able to participate in a range of activities including: 

  • four and eight week improvement sprints 
  • monthly learning and support sessions, and
  • quality Improvement (QI) skills sessions. 

Participating teams can choose which activities to participate in, to meet their needs and capacity, and maximise the benefits of being part of the collaborative. 

Visit the join the collaborative page for more information or to apply for the collaborative. 


Get in touch  

Email us at his.pcpteam@nhs.scot if you have a question about the Primary Care Phased Investment Programme.