A scheme to allow GPs to talk directly with their local acute trust will hold its first meeting next week.

Wirral Hospital trust's initial GP Advisory Group meeting will allow trust managers to hear what is exercising local GPs, and provide a forum to discuss service redesign for both acute and primary care.

The panel will include 14 GP members, as well as the trust's medical director, human resources director, chief executive and clinical heads of division.

Advisory group chair Dr James Kingsland, a GP and also chair of the National Association of Primary Care, said: 'It is an attempt at real clinical engagement between consultants and GPs and puts clinicians at the centre of commissioning.

'There needs to be regular communication between primary and secondary care as a lack of communication can lead to misunderstanding and confrontation.'

Wirral primary care trust chief executive Kathy Doran said it would ensure the GP advisory group complemented the work of its localities, practice-based commissioning clusters, and GP forums.