Pauline began her PhD with the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) and Business School in February 2021 after being awarded an Elphinstone Scholarship. Pauline will investigate how contractual arrangements impact on general practice partnerships as businesses in Scotland. A theoretical model of contracts will be used to predict how contractual changes will affect practices. These predictions will be tested using administrative data on practice income; and qualitative interviews to understand the perceived impact of contracts on general practice activities. Pauline has worked in the NHS for over 12 years and has an in-depth knowledge of primary and secondary care. In 2019, Pauline graduated with Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with Distinction. Pauline’s studies will be supervised by Dr Verity Watson in the Health Economics Research Unit, Dr Rainer Schulz in the Business School and Professor Peter Murchie in Academic Primary Care.