GPs beat companies to contract for APMS

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Providers | Tags: |

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A small, local but ‘very experienced’ GP-led provider has seen off competition from multi-national companies to win a £900,000 APMS contract to run three practices in Leeds.

Leeds PCT has appointed One Medicare, led by Wakefield GPs Dr Phillip Earnshaw and Dr Patrick Wynn, to take over GP provision at the Hilton Road Surgery in Chapeltown and Shafton Lane Surgery in Holbeck as well as setting up a GP surgery at The Light in Leeds city centre.

One Medicare won the contract from a field of 22 applicants. Leeds PCT would not comment on the other bidders.

Salaried GPs will be employed to work a normal day at the existing surgeries at Chapeltown and Holbeck. GPs at The Light will work an extended 7am-7pm day and Saturday mornings to fit in with the walk-in centre in the same building.

‘Patients will typically be young professionals and our opening times will be geared to patient demand,’ said Rachel Beverly-Stevenson, chief executive of One Medical, the primary care property developer that jointly owns One Medicare with FMC Health Solutions.

One Medicare is contracted to provide level-two local enhanced services for mental and sexual health at The Light.

Dr Earnshaw, chief executive of One Medicare, said the APMS contract was not significantly different from the PMS contract he works under as a GP in Wakefield.

‘Our APMS contract reflects how we would operate a standard GP contract,’ he said. ‘The way it is presented as a table of key performance indicators is different, but what the PCT is asking differs very little from our own performance-related PMS contract.’

Dr Earnshaw set up FMC Health Solutions, a limited liability company, with his partner Dr Wynn to run a three-site practice at Ferrybridge Medical Centre in Wakefield.

Three quarters of APMS contracts to date have been awarded to entrepreneurial GPs ahead of private providers, according to researchers from the King’s Fund (GP, 16 February 2007).

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One Medicare awarded contract to deliver GP Led Health Centre in Grimsby

Posted on April 23, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres | Tags: |

One Medicare News

The centre, which will open on Cleethorpes Road in Grimsby on July 1st this year, will be called the Quayside Open Access Centre and it will offer NHS healthcare services to anyone in the area. It will be open 8.00am to 8.00pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and will incorporate a walk-in centre.

Dr Phillip Earnshaw, Medical Director of One Medicare sai: “One Medicare is delighted to be setting up an exciting new service. This will be a flagship centre for One Medicare and will provide some welcome regeneration to the Freeman Street area of the town whilst also being available for everyone in North East Lincolnshire to use. We are committed to responding to the healthcare needs of the communities we serve, and look forward to working with North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus to deliver an excellent range of services.”

Jane Lewington, Chief Executive at the CTP added, “The confirmation of the new health centre forms part of the Government’s commitment to offer more choice to patients. The awarding of the new contract to One Medicare represents the culmination of a rigorous and exhaustive process to develop a new service which compliments and supports existing local services. The centre will work in particular with the local Open Door service to support the provision of primary care services to patients unable to access care through the traditional service routes.”

The centre  which will complement existing GP services in the area is being designed to take account of local needs and conditions and will provide a range of healthcare services. Residents of North East Lincolnshire can choose to register with the practice if they wish to, or access the services whilst remaining registered with their current GP surgery. For the first time patients who are not registered at the Quayside Open Access Centre but wish to be seen there by a doctor or a nurse can also book an appointment in advance.

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Ben Bradshaw MP opens the Derby Open Access Centre

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases | Tags: |

One Medicare News

January 2008 saw the new Derby Open Access Centre host a ministerial visit by MP Ben Bradshaw. ben_bradshaw_visit_rbs_ag_pe_bb_etc_080109

Mr Bradshaw who is Minister of State at the Department of Health met with staff at the centre, spoke to patients and viewed the facilities. He said, “I am delighted to be opening the Derby Open Access Centre today, which will undoubtedly make a huge difference in improving access to healthcare for local people.”

One Medicare opened the centre in December 2008 and is one of the first of 152 GP-led health centres opening around the country. It is part of a Government programme to increase access to family doctor services. 

The new centre delivers services to both registered and non-registered patients 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and offers bookable and walk – in appointments to any member of the Derby public. They will be able to use these facilities while still staying registered with their local doctor or they can choose to register at the centre. One Medicare are working closely with Lister House Surgery to develop new services to benefit the community such as a drugs and alcohol clinic to bring the best possible services and healthcare to Derby.

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Sheffield City GP Health Centre opens April 1st

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases | Tags: |

One Medicare News

NHS patient care took a step forward this week as Sheffield residents began registering at the city’s latest state-of-the-art health centre. The Sheffield City GP Health Centre will offer NHS healthcare services to anybody living in Sheffield whether they are registered at the centre or not. onemedicare_sheffgp_017

Mr Christopher Coates, a resident of Millsands in Sheffield was one of the first people to register with One Medicare @ Rockingham House, the GP practice within the centre, and was delighted to be given the honour of cutting the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the building. The facilities will be particularly useful for those working in the city who are not able to access their local GP during normal surgery hours. Mr Coates, an IT contractor living and working in Sheffield city centre said, ‘This is a fantastic new health centre for Sheffield and I am really pleased to be able to register at the surgery. It has brilliant facilities and flexibility with appointments will be great for people in the centre.’

The Sheffield City GP Health Centre is open 8am to 8pm seven days a week. Any resident of Sheffield can simply walk in and see a doctor or a nurse or phone and book an appointment in advance. You can register with the GP practice as a patient if you wish to or remain registered with your current doctor and still access the services.

Dr Philip Earnshaw, One Medicare’s Medical Director, commented ‘It is inspiring to be instrumental in delivering this service to the Sheffield community. One Medicare is thrilled to be offering the very best healthcare from our new state-of-the-art facility. We are looking forward to developing services to meet the needs of this community and welcoming members of the public to the centre.’
The centre will also provide services such as vaccinations, immunisations, referrals to hospital consultants where necessary , health promotion and disease prevention advice and it will also offer healthcare services to homeless people.

Penny Brooks-Cordon, Director of Standards and Engagaement at NHS Sheffield, says: “One Medicare met very tough clinical, financial and technological criteria to be selected as the provider for the city GP centre and we’re confident they can provide a first class service for the people of Sheffield. Our research suggested that people welcome the plans for a clinic in the city centre and it will be well-used by both patients that register and those who may need to see a doctor outside normal hours. As well as serving the growing number of people who live close to the city centre, we believe it will provide a convenient and accessible service for those who work in the city. Patient satisfaction is also very important to NHS Sheffield and One Medicare will be closely monitored to ensure it meets all of the exacting NHS quality standards.

The Sheffield City GP Health Centre is situated on the corner of Rockingham Street and Broad Lane next to Sheffield University’s Faculty of Engineering. For more information please contact Sheffield City GP Health Centre on 0114 241 2700 or visit http://www.onemedicare.co.uk.

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One Medicare Selected to run GP Led Health Centre

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases | Tags: |

One Medicare News

Following a robust procurement process, Derby City Primary Care Trust is delighted to announce that One Medicare has been selected as the preferred bidder to deliver primary care services for Derby’s new GP Led Health Centre. 3d_image_cropped__march_08

The GP Led Health Centre will deliver services to registered and non-registered patients and offer extended hours – 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. It will offer bookable and open access appointments and will serve the most deprived areas of the city.

The new centre opens in December 2008, temporarily at the Derby Walk-in Centre, before moving to a brand new purpose built primary care centre, which will house Lister House Surgery as well as the GP Led Health Centre. The new primary care centre is currently being developed by One Medical and is due for completion in June 2009.

The development fits well with the PCT’s 10 Year Strategy for Healthy Derby, which aims to improve the health of people, continuously improve services and actively engage patients and the public.

One Medicare has an excellent track record in delivering quality GP led, patient centred care. The company opened the first ever city centre GP surgery in Leeds in September 2007 and has successfully delivered an extensive range of services to a previously underprovided community. One Medicare is delighted to be one of the first service providers to be awarded preferred bidder status for a GP Led Health Centre in the UK, working in partnership with the local GP’s from Lister House Surgery.

Dr Phillip Earnshaw, Chief Executive Officer of One Medicare said: “This represents a major milestone for One Medicare as our combination of extensive knowledge and significant experience of delivering high quality care across a number of sites has been recognised as a winning formula by patients and PCT’s alike.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected to run the GP Led Health Centre in Derby and are committed to working with patients, staff, local residents and the Derby City PCT in delivering the best possible range of services.”

Dr Peter Moss, a Partner at Lister House Surgery commented: “We are very much looking forward to working in partnership with One Medicare to deliver much needed facilities to the people of Derby city centre. As a surgery we are very excited about moving into the state-of-the-art new home One Medical are building for us, and believe that the GP Led Health Centre being situated with us will be of tremendous benefit to the community.”

Prem Singh, Chief Executive of Derby City PCT, added: “This is good news for local people. We believe that One Medicare will bring a modern approach along with their evident experience and knowledge. Together, we can develop and improve local services for the people of Derby.”

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New Sheffield City Centre GP Walk-In Centre

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases | Tags: , |

One Medicare News 

A Yorkshire based GP led company has been named as the preferred bidder for a new GP walk in centre in Sheffield.

One Medicare a GP led provider of Primary Care Services now goes through to the final stage of contract negotiation to provide the service.

The decision to narrow down to one from four shortlisted companies was made by NHS Sheffield’s Board last week and comes after seven months of rigorous testing to ensure the highest quality of bidders.

That testing, which at the first stage was steered by a clinician-led multi-disciplinary team, includes meeting stringent clinical, financial and technological criteria.

NHS Sheffield chief executive, Jan Sobieraj, said the Board had faced a tough decision as all four shortlisted companies were of a high calibre.

He said: “The process has not only been both thorough and tough but also externally checked. The Board is confident One Medicare can provide a first class service for the people of Sheffield.”

The service, which is expected to be up and running by April next year, will offer GP and nurse appointments to registered patients, as well as walk-in services to people who are not registered from 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week.

Dr Phillip Earnshaw, Medical Director of One Medicare said: “One Medicare is delighted to be setting up an exciting new service for Sheffield. This will be a flagship centre for One Medicare and will provide a unique service in the city centre whilst also being available for everyone in Sheffield to use. Patients will be able to walk-in and be seen on an ad hoc basis or make an appointment to see our GPs and nurses whilst remaining registered with their own GPs. As part of the government policy to offer more choice anyone in the Sheffield area can also choose to register as a patient and have their full GP services delivered from the GP Walk-in Centre. There will be an on-site pharmacy and we will be looking to develop many additional on-site services. We are well advanced in our plans ensuring that we will be ready to open in April 2009.”

The centre which will be in addition to existing GP services in the city centre is being designed to take account of local needs and conditions and will provide a range of healthcare services including vaccinations and immunisations, referrals to hospital consultants where necessary and health promotion and disease prevention advice. It will also offer healthcare to homeless people.

Fifteen applications were received from organisations interested in providing the service after the scheme was advertised locally and nationally. Seven potential bidders were then shortlisted, dropping to four.

In July, a snapshot survey in Sheffield city centre showed over 85% of those questioned about the new centre said it was a good idea and over two-thirds suggested they would use the service.

The need for a city-centre health centre was one theme which emerged from last year’s (07) consultation of Sheffield residents about the city’s NHS services.

The survey showed that out of over 130 people 85% agreed it was a good idea, 11% disagreed and four per cent said “maybe.”

The selection process carefully followed national guidance, with the support of the Yorkshire and Humber SHA

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