The National Review of Primary Care Out-of-Hours Services involved a diverse range of professional, patient and other stakeholders as part of its formal governance arrangement.
The main decision making forum was the Review Group, chaired by the Review Chair. Professionals and patient representatives were given the opportunity to critique and test aspects of emerging recommendations in workshop format:
A set of four themed task groups all chaired by clinical professionals were established to explore and research recommendations for change from the current primary care landscape. These task groups were tasked with examining what worked for both urban and rural settings, at home and beyond, from short, medium and long-term improvement perspectives.
Each group looked at a distinct area of work in order to share learning, understanding and build upon emerging strands of recommendations. The chairs of these various groups convened in the Executive Group, the remit of which was to provide overall programme support for the Review, including interfacing with and supporting these themed task groups.
Alongside this structure, the Reference Group was chaired by John Gillies with Eileen Moir as Deputy Chair. Its purpose being to provide a peer review function, enabling independent critique of thoughts and findings as they emerged from the review: