New Era for GP-led Healthcare as NHS Leicester City names preferred bidders in £15m investment

Posted on November 10, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: , |

NHS Leicester City | News Release | 10 November 2009 (pdf)

Patients in Leicester will get a huge boost to their health care thanks to a £15million investment for new General Practitioner (GP) practices and a GP-led health centre.

This means two new GP practices and a new GP-led health centre are to open next year with a further practice planned for 2010. Additionally there will be new premises for an existing GP practice.

For the first time in Leicester, patients will be able to access GP or nurse-led healthcare, at a new walk-in centre, without needing to be registered at any practice.

The announcement of preferred bidders for new contracts heralds world-class primary care services for Leicester. This will mean more GPs and nurses serving the city, better access to local healthcare, longer opening hours, and more choice for local patients. The plans are set to benefit more than 15,000 Leicester patients by 2013, with local patients being able to choose from a wider range of doctors.

The contracts are for the management of clinical services run from the new GP-led health centre and the two new GP practices. Additionally, a full relocation package is being announced for an established local GP practice.

The process started with a rigorous six-month tendering process which received 46 initial expressions of interest from potential bidders. The evaluation process involved bidders providing detailed information with the short-listed giving interviews and hosting site visits. A panel of health and other professionals, including a GP and patient representative, worked on the assessment of the proposals.

The contracts for the brand new premises will be awarded, subject to final negotiations, to:

• Canon Street, an established Leicester City GP surgery

• UnitedHealth Primary Care, a national health and wellbeing primary services company

• SSAFA Community Interest Company (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), an international charitable organisation providing health and social care services

In addition The Willows Practice will be relocating to Rowlatts Hill.

Leicester’s Canon Street Surgery, run by GP Dr Bhupendra Modi, is the successful bidder for the new Northfields GP practice in the north of the city. It will be housed in temporary accommodation on St Ives Road until the planned new premises are built. Canon Street will continue as a GP practice and both it and Northfields will be run by Dr Modi, who is also a clinical GP trainer. An estimated 6,000 additional patients will be able to register at Northfields.

UnitedHealth Primary Care will run the new city centre GP practice which will have the capacity to see a potential 6,000 patients. The practice will be at 29/31 Bowling Green Street. The company already runs two successful GP practices in Derby, Normanton Medical Centre which opened in 2006 and Vidya, which began seeing patients earlier this year. The company also has three GP practices in London.

SSAFA Community Interest Company will run a new GP-led health centre within the new Charnwood Health and Social Care Centre in the Charnwood area of the city. SSAFA CIC opened its first UK health centre in Luton in July this year but runs primary care practices all over the world. An estimated 3,500 patients will be able to register at this practice. The site will include a walk-in centre for unregistered patients – anyone will be able to see a nurse or GP here.

The organisations were all chosen for their ability to deliver world class health care to the people of Leicester. They were subject to extensive assessments on standards in quality of care, patient experience and value for money.

NHS Leicester City has decided not to award a contract for the originally proposed planned new premises in Crown Hills. Instead The Willows Practice, currently situated on Coleman Road on the edge of the Rowlatts Hill estate will relocate to a development at the heart of the estate. These new premises will improve access for the people living in Rowlatts Hill estate and provide the opportunity for the practice to extend its range of services. Dr Mo Roshan, who leads The Willows, is a clinical GP trainer and has worked in Leicester since 1990. The practice currently serves 3,000 patients.

It is expected Charnwood Health and Social Care Centre will open its doors from the end of January next year. The new Northfields practice is set to open its doors from next May while United Health’s city centre practice will open at 29/31 Bowling Green Street from September 2009. The new Northfields practice will be housed in state-of-the-art temporary buildings until the permanent premises are completed.

NHS Leicester City’s chief executive Tim Rideout said: “This is a proud day for NHS Leicester City and a great day for local patients. It’s a sign of the importance that we attach to improving health and picking up signs of poor health at an early stage that we are committing £15 million to these great new primary care facilities.”

Leicestershire and Rutland Local Medical Committee chairman Dr Nick Simpson said: “The LMC welcomes this announcement. We are pleased that an existing local GP practice has been successful and that these new contracts will not all go to a single private sector company.

“We are also glad that NHS Leicester City has listened to feedback and responded by identifying an alternative solution to meeting the needs of residents in the Crown Hills area.

“We had initial concerns at the start of this process but we feel that today’s announcement is a good outcome for the patients and existing practices of the city.”

NHS Leicester City plans to launch another new GP practice elsewhere in Leicester in 2010.

Ends

For interviews, photo opportunities or further information, please contact Joanna Petersen on 0116 295 4123 or joanna.petersen@leicestercity.nhs.uk

Notes to editors

NHS Leicester City’s overall objective is to meet the health needs of the people of Leicester within the available resources. It is accountable for a budget of approximately £470 million, and serves a population of more than 340,000 people.

Within its remit, the Trust is responsible for engaging with the local population to improve health and well-being; commissioning a comprehensive range of high quality health services; directly providing health services where this is most appropriate, and ensuring that it gets best value for taxpayer’s money.

Clinical GP trainer: Trains registrars (new doctors) to make the transfer from being a hospital doctor to a community general practitioner.

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