When you stop and think about it, it really is rather strange that we still think that 10 minute appointments are the best way to see our doctor or nurse. Nowadays, people have a mix of complex health issues and it is a really tall order to cover everything off in such a short space of time. What is more, the demands on clinicians’ time are every growing – as is the demand from their patients to see them. It is burning them out and leaving their patients frustrated and anxious.
So at the moment we are stuck in a vicious circle of ‘lose lose’.
Group consultations have the potential to change this. There are benefits for both people and their clinicians. Whilst it might feel like a leap to imagine sharing your appointment with 11 other people, the reality is that people tell us they feel much more connected because they have met others with the same health issues. They also feel reassured because they have spent nearly an hour with their GP or nurse – and had the chance to discuss concerns that they may have been harbouring for years.
Group consultations also give clinicians some head space by increasing the efficiency of clinics. They reduce repetition that can really get clinical people down – and they offer opportunities for personal development – including leading change.
Group consultations transform care and offer a ‘win win’.
The ELC Programme has worked out how to scale group consultations and we are itching to support clinical teams to get going.
If you would like to find out more, please get in contact.