Checking up on co-operation

Posted on September 28, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories |

Chronicle Live | By Helen Rae | Sunderland tPCT | 28 September 2009

HEALTH Reporter Helen Rae finds out why a Government health chief has visited a medical centre in the region.

A GOVERNMENT health official paid a visit to a North East health centre.

David Behan, the Department of Health’s Director General of Social Care, toured Washington Primary Care Centre on a visit to Wearside.

Mr Behan was in the area to discuss the Total Place initiative, which looks at how local public agencies can better work together to deliver frontline services more efficiently, giving them an opportunity to reshape and improve the quality of life for their communities.

Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland were named in April as a pilot area for the Government scheme.

Mr Behan looked at what Washington Primary Care Centre – which was officially opened in April this year – offers the local community in terms of more choice and more convenient access to healthcare services.

The building, adjacent to Washington Leisure Centre, is Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust’s (TPCT) third Primary Care Centre.

As well as a GP-led minor injuries and illnesses unit, services include chemotherapy, renal dialysis, radiology, sexual health and primary care substance misuse.

Mr Behan met drug and alcohol mis-use service providers and commission-ers and was given an outline of the multi-agency response to substance misuse in South of Tyne and Wear.

He went on to Bunny Hill Customer Service Centre, which already brings together business, voluntary and public sector bodies to provide the community with a wide range of public services – including Bunny Hill Primary Care Centre.

There he talked about the Total Place pilot with senior representatives of local partner organisations.

Mr Behan said: “If people are to get access to high-quality services then it is essential that agencies work together.

“I have been impressed by the quality of the partnerships that exist between the PCTs and the councils in the area. They are working hard to ensure local people receive services which are high quality and a good use of public money.”

Dr David Hambleton, Director of Commissioning and Reform for NHS South of Tyne and Wear, added: “It was a pleasure to have the Director General visit to see first-hand how all partners are coming together.”

Dave Smith, Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council, said: “We welcome the Director General’s advice and the confidence that he has given that we can continue to concentrate on our long-term commitment to fundamental change.”

Washington and Sunderland’s health centres get Government approval

Sunderland Echo | By Cara Houchen | 28 September 2009

Efforts to conquer Wearside’s legacy of bad health have left a top Government expert impressed.

David Behan, director general of social care, toured Washington Primary Care Centre to see the range of NHS facilities on offer to patients.

He was in the area to discuss the Total Place project, which looks at how public agencies can work together to improve services and boost quality of life. 

Sunderland, along with South Tyneside and Gateshead, has been named as a pilot area for the Government scheme. 

The new Washington Primary Care Centre offers a GP-led minor injuries and illnesses unit and other services such as chemotherapy, kidney dialysis, radiology, sexual health advice and substance misuse help. 

Mr Behan also visited Bunny Hill Customer Service Centre, in Downhill, which has a range of services under one roof, including a primary care centre. 

Mr Behan had a meeting about the Total Place pilot with senior representatives of local organisations.

He said: “If people are to get access to high-quality services then it is essential agencies work together.

“I have been impressed by the quality of the partnerships that exist between the primary care trusts and the councils in the area. 

“They are working hard to ensure local people receive services which are high quality and a good use of public money.”

Washington is the third primary care centre set up by Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust (TPCT).

GPs given contract for walk-in centre.

Dr David Hambleton is director of commissioning and reform for NHS South of Tyne and Wear, which includes Sunderland TPCT.

He said: “It was a pleasure to have the director general visit to see first-hand how all partners are coming together to work collectively on tackling substance misuse in a better, more cost-effective way.”

Dave Smith, chief executive of Sunderland City Council, said: “The confidence he has given means we can continue our commitment to fundamental change that will result in improved outcomes for local people.”

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