The management function is practice-based primary care and who performs it varies by practice. While the number of practice managers increase and their role continues to unfold in response to NHS changes, the development of practice management as a profession is contained if not constrained by GPs, as both employers and as the dominant profession within primary care. This stimulating review of the responsibilities, opportunities and future prospects of management in primary care, based on workshops with GPs and practice managers, identifies their respective management development needs and the ways in which these might be met.

chapter 1|4 pages


chapter 2|6 pages

Parental Grief

chapter 3|16 pages

The Study Method

chapter 4|10 pages

The Respondent Families

chapter 5|18 pages

Pregnancy and Birth

chapter 6|34 pages

When Things Went Wrong

chapter 7|60 pages

Decision Making

chapter 8|70 pages

Management of Dying

chapter 9|12 pages

The Funeral

chapter 10|30 pages


chapter 11|44 pages

The Effect of the Death on the Family

chapter 12|62 pages

Support in Bereavement

chapter 13|26 pages

Parents’ Opinions

chapter 14|20 pages

Some Concluding Thoughts

chapter 15|4 pages