Newham Primary Care Social Enterprise

Posted on August 5, 2009. Filed under: Press/News Releases, Providers, Social enterprise | Tags: |

Harmoni | Newham PCT | accessed 5 August 2009

The company’s activities will aim to improve the lives of people living in of Newham. There are some areas of Newham which are under-Doctored and have problems accessing primary care physicians. We believe that a Social Enterprise Company, which has at its core 160 GPs in 60 practices covering 265,000 patients, is ideally placed to bid for and deliver primary care services. We will aim to improve access and develop new services that will benefit patients and increase their life expectancy.  We will take an holistic approach to Healthcare. We will work with the PCT Commissioners to initiate a wide range of services to improve health in the community and to ensure that these are easily accessible by patients when they need them. Initially we will bid to provide a combined Urgent care Centre and Polyclinic.


In the future we will broaden our focus to incorporate the management of Long term Conditions in the Community. We will work with other organisations to ensure engagement with social services, the voluntary sector, education, and to improve diet, exercise & health education. This will be focussed on the specific health needs of this diverse, yet integrated community and will deliver focussed care from a company whose GP members are entrenched in the community.


The SEC will be a partnership between Newham GPs and Harmoni, an independent sector Health Care company which specialises in Primary Care. Harmoni was a GP-Co-operative and has in excess of 400 GPs as its shareholders. The GPs will be the majority shareholders of the SEC and will hold 60% of the shares to Harmoni’s 40%. It is axiomatic that all of our services will be free at the point of delivery to patients.


We will adopt an ethical approach to our Health Care business. The combination of local knowledge and National capability will enable the ideas and vision of the local GPs, with their unrivalled knowledge of the community, to be brought to fruition. This will be to the benefit of their patients and the community as a whole. We will ensure that there is considerable patient feedback and involvement in the creation and ongoing delivery of our services. As a SEC we are committed to the benefit of the local community and we understand that we must engage regularly with all elements of the community to ensure that our ethos is maintained. 


Newham Primary Care (NPC) will strive for the highest standards in all that we do. We will re-invest surpluses in the company to ensure that the growth of Newham Primary Care is inextricably linked with an improvement to healthcare services in the community


The board members of NPC are:


Drs Jim Lawrie and Bhupinder Kohli   (NB No links to Jim and Bhupinder as yet)


Steve Turner (Chairman) and Andrew Gardner.


NPC is creating a community board, comprising representatives from a wide variety of Newham’s population. This board will be chaired by Louise Patten and she will report directly to the board, thus ensuring that the board are kept full up to date as to issues in the community.


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