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Primary Care Multi Disciplinary Teams

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Multi-disciplinary Teams in GP practices

Multi-disciplinary Teams (MDTs) are a key priority within the Health and Social Care transformation programme.

It involves the recruitment of the following specialist staff to work alongside GPs and practice staff:

This means patients can see different specialists within the GP practice, reducing the need for referrals and appointments elsewhere.

MDTs help meet the social, physical and mental health wellbeing needs of the local population while providing care closer to people’s homes.

The roll out of the MDTs began in 2018 with GP Federations in Down and Derry/Londonderry as the first to pilot the new model.  2019/20 and 2020/21 brought further expansion of the model into West Belfast, Causeway, Newry and District, North Down and Ards Federation.

Current investment in MDT staff for 2023/24 is approximately £20.85m per annum, providing patient-focused, accessible care to a population of about 730,000.

Plans are being developed to roll out MDTs across all 17 Federation areas.

2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Number of practices with access to MDT 74 75 99 112 115
Number of staff (whole time equivalent) 164 232 322 371 370
Investment in staff £9.2m £13.5m £17.5m £18.78 £20.85m


MDT printable leaflets can be found on the Department of Health (DoH) website:   Primary Care Multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) | Department of Health (