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Specialist services in the community: maintaining quality of care
  1. Mary Armitage
  1. Correspondence to:
 Clinical Vice President
 Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent Park, London NW1 4LE, UK

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The need for joint training programmes and collaborative partnerships

The length of specialist medical training and past imprecision in medical workforce planning has led to relative inflexibility when developing new models of service delivery. Specialist care in the community may provide more convenient and accessible care for patients, but must not be at the expense of quality. It is important that new models of care …

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