£2.4 million secured to develop new ways of providing GP practice services24/12/2018

NHS North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has successfully secured £2.4million of national funding to develop new ways of providing primary care (GP practice) services.

The CCG and practices in Basingstoke are working together with patient representatives to develop a Same Day Access Service. The Better Local Care Vanguard, a programme supported by national funding to test new ways of working, originally supported the service based on successful similar models in neighbouring areas. Three practices, Acorn Medical Partnership, Bramblys Grange and Crown Heights Medical Centre, are working together to see how same-day urgent appointments for short term illness can be offered differently.

Similar approaches taken in other areas have shown that working collaboratively means that patients from the practices involved will be better able to book the routine appointments they need and this has proven popular with the patients using them.

Zara Hyde-Peters, Managing Director for North Hampshire CCG said:

“We are delighted to have successfully applied for this funding which will support us to develop new ways of delivering primary care services. The Better Local Care Vanguard programme enabled us to test new approaches and these clearly showed that bringing health care professionals and others together to work differently helps to ensure local people receive the care they need more effectively.

“We will continue to work with our partners to develop the plans, including seeking the views of patients and local people to help shape the services which we are aiming to launch in the summer.”

Dr Andy Cole, Crown Heights Medical Centre said:

“The Same day access service will not only help our patients in North Hampshire to get urgent health care and advice more quickly when they need it most, but also release GPs to see patients in their surgeries more easily where continuity of care is important. I would like to thank our CCG for their hard work and expertise in securing funding for this exciting new service.”