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GP with a Special Interest (GPwSI) / GP with an Extended Role (GPwER)

GP with an extended role (GPwER) accreditation

A GP with an extended role (GPwER) supplements their role as a generalist by providing an additional service while still working in the community. Our GPwER frameworks are designed to help practitioners and accreditors understand the knowledge and skills required.

Role of GPwERs

GPwERs can improve patient care in a number of important ways:
  • reduce costs and unnecessary secondary care referrals, helping divert referrals to a service provided by the GPwER or extended scope practitioners
  • improve skills and facilitate more effective management of patients in primary care, using the GPwER's insight into general practice and their specialty to disseminate education and training
  • help improve clinical services for patients by reducing delays, improving access and keeping care closer to home
  • enhance patient care by managing a condition at a specialist level, but also take a holistic approach to co-existing multimorbidities
The term GPwER includes those previously referred to as GPs with Special Interests (GPwSIs).
The Royal College of General Practitioners gives further guidance on the interim arrangements for the accreditation of GPwSIs/GPwERs in England since the dissolution of  PCTs.
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