Why group consultations?

ELC™ Group ConsultationsWhenever we do ELC Transformation work, people who live with long term or complex care issues tell us the same things matter to them and they want:

They tell us that they want:

  • Longer consultations and more time to discuss what matter to them with clinical people
  • Continuity and a closer relationship with their caregivers
  • Connection with peers who can educate and inspire them
  • The reassurance of systematic, proactive follow up and review
  • To feel in control and able to manage their health issues themselves.

Eight years ago, we heard about group consultations and thought they were a good idea.
the more people told us what mattered to them, the more we realised that group consultations were the way forward.

The ELC Programme has research and captured best practice over the last five years and built a tried and tested practice development and learning support programme that enables teams and organisations to embed group consultations into routine clinical practice at scale.

Group consultations are now one of 10 high impact actions in the GP Forward View. We are working across the country to embed them.

Find out the evidence that supports group consultations as a way of practicing

Watch the video below to learn about the practicalities of setting up running your own group consultation:

Listen to patients in Croydon talking about the benefits of group consultations in primary care:

Watch the flow  and hear a mum describing the benefits of group child development reviews in Hertfordshire:

Listen to patients with arthritis talking about the benefits of attending a group clinic at Alnwick in Northumberland:

Listen to practitioners in Croydon talking about the benefits of  consulting with groups:

Hear practitioners from North West England share their experiences of running practice nurse led group consultations:

Listen to Dr Niti Pall describe her experience of consulting with groups:

Read our case study of introducing group consultations in Slough CCG as part of The Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund: