Provider chosen for new GP Led Health Centre and Walk in service

Posted on January 20, 2010. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases | Tags: , |

NHS Lewisham

NHS Lewisham (Lewisham Primary Care Trust) is delighted to announce that the Hurley Group has been selected as the preferred provider to deliver primary care services for the new GP Led Health Centre and Walk in service at the Waldron Health centre, Amersham Vale, SE14 6LD.

The Hurley Group have an excellent track record in delivering high quality GP led, patient centred healthcare for the NHS. They currently run one of the first GP led Walk in Centres that opened in London, based at the Lister Health Centre in Southwark and have successfully delivered services in a number of challenging South London environments.

Situated directly opposite New Cross railway station just off New Cross Road, the GP led Health Centre will deliver services to patients whether they are registered or non-registered (walk in) at the Centre.

The new service will improve access to healthcare in the area, offering extended opening hours and access to a GP between 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. It will offer bookable and non-bookable (open access or walk-in) appointments. The new service is expected to open in March 2010, when the existing nurse led walk-in centre at Goodwood Road moves to the purpose built primary care centre at the Waldron and services transfer.

The additional enhanced service offered by the GP led Health Centre complements the existing services provided by the 4 Doctors surgeries currently in the Waldron Health Centre. This will improve access to local people, walk-in patients and commuters. The Waldron Health Centre already houses a wide range of services under one roof including midwives, phlebotomy, foot health clinics, sexual and reproductive health, speech & language therapy, and services such as child health clinics. Pharmacy and optician services will also be provided in the near future.

The Health Centre and Walk in service development is part a national programme for Equitable Access, supported by the Department of Health, in response to public consultations (where access was a significant issue for a large number of patients). In addition NHS Lewisham have broader plans to develop the Waldron Health Centre by providing a range of services often associated more closely with hospital care. This is part of their drive to deliver care closer to home, improve health and well being and reduce health inequalities.

The Hurley Group is delighted to have been awarded preferred provider status. Dr Mark Ashworth, Organisational Medical Director, said:

“This represents a milestone for the Hurley group – we can combine our clinical knowledge, with our experience of delivering high quality care, in a state of the art purpose built facility. We are extremely pleased to have been selected to run the GP Led Health Centre in Lewisham especially as this is an area where we feel we can contribute to the wider local community.”

Who to contact about this article
Name: Matt Adcock
Email: matthew.adcock@lewishampct.nhs.uk
Telephone: 020 7206 3333
Fax: 020 7206 3338
Organisation: NHS Lewisham
Address: Cantilever House, SE12 8RN

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LMCs to investigate career route to suit salaried GPs

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories, Polyclinics, Providers | Tags: , |

Healthcare Republic | GP Newspaper | By Tom Ireland | 3 December 2009

Londonwide LMCs is developing a model of ‘intermediate partnership’ to help salaried or sessional GPs.

Dr Michele Drage: sessional GPs need career opportunities

The emergence of federated practices and polyclinics in the capital requires new models of GP partnership, said Londonwide LMCs joint chief executive, Dr Michelle Drage. ‘The current model of partnership does not seem to be providing (sessionals) with the autonomy they are looking for,’ said Dr Drage.

‘We are looking at how to create career opportunities, with the benefits of a partnership but without the millstone round their necks of having to own all the infrastructure.’

One option would allow salaried GPs to become stakeholders and run one of a group of practices without investing in property and infrastructure.

Dr Drage cited The Hurley Group, a GP-led organisation running several practices across south London, as a good example. It has six ‘local medical directors’ employed at its practices who are paid an enhanced salary to take part in practice decision making in the way that a partner might.

These employees can prog-ress to become a profit-sharing member of the group.

Dr Clare Gerada, medical director of The Hurley Group and RCGP vice chairman, said new partnership models were vital to protect the future of general practice.

‘We have to make sure there are leadership opportunities for the next generation. The old days are gone – you can’t slip straight into a vocational partnership any more.’

Londonwide LMCs is also developing services to help small practices form networks to avoid pressure from PCTs in London. Dr Drage said small practices were still being aggressively targeted by PCTs in London because they did not fit in with the move towards larger, networked clinics.

Dr Drage also expressed concern that NHS London’s plans for large ‘Tesco-Metro’ style health centres could undermine continuity of care. She said Londonwide LMCs did not oppose the ‘hub and spoke’ model of polyclinic, as long as the ‘hub’ does not consume investment from existing practices.

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