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- Under One Roof: Will polyclinics deliver integrated care?, by Candace Imison, Chris Naylor and Jo Maybin, is available on The King's Fund website.
- * The report examined existing facilities similar to the polyclinic model built in England using the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT), a capital procurement programme that enables the development of new primary care premises. Interviews with staff in these facilities revealed that despite bringing professionals together under one roof, in high quality facilities, the absence of clear local leadership, integrated managerial structures, or shared information systems, meant that integrated care had remained elusive. Most facilities had been unable to break longstanding divisions between GPs and specialists – with family doctors remaining independent contractors, community staff accountable to distant managers, and specialists firmly rooted in their host hospitals. In addition, limited enthusiasm from GPs and consultants had hampered the development of the facilities – GPs had often been reluctant to move into the new centres, where they faced a loss of autonomy and control over their practice’s biggest asset, its building.
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