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NEWS: GP super-partnership aims for network back-office role

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A GP super-partnership has set out its hopes of becoming the main back office administrator for primary care networks across the country.

Vincent Sai, chief executive of Modality Partnership, told the Health Service Journal that the organisation’s experience meant it could lead the development of some PCNs and act as “custodian of funds”.

He said it is already doing so in Walsall, West Midlands, where it has seven partners.

“For the networks with the contracts, we’re leading, we are playing the custodian of those funds,” he said. “Modality is leading on two of them because we are the larger practices in that footprint.

“We are also in the other five, we have one site in each, and what we are doing there is making sure the right leadership is in place for the network. And it doesn’t have to be a Modality partner to be the lead; it needs to make sense for the colleagues on the ground.”

He said networks were at an early stage, so he did not know how many PCNs would sign up Modality to be their designated payee and administrator.

Mr Sai also said it would not compete again established GP federations.

He added: “But if it makes sense for us to help host different things, we’re open to that. But we’ll do it in consultation with our colleagues, respecting the history and politics of it.”

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