Federations enable smaller organisations (like individual GP Practices) to take advantage of opportunities normally only available to larger organisations, such as:
- combining services for patients;
- combining back office functions;
- reorganising day to day working patterns to provide opportunities for GPs and nurses to offer a different model for patients and varied working patterns;
- building greater buying power; or
- bidding for tenders.
Larger organisations with standard operating models also makes it more plausible for CCGs to commission improved and responsive wrap round community services to support GPs to look after their patients in a community setting.