23 GP practices in B&NES have joined together as 6 Primary Care Networks

23 GP practices  in B&NES have joined together  as 6 Primary Care Networks, to share expertise and resources.

The 6 networks will work across B&NES with the aim to ensure more proactive, personalised and coordinated care for local people and to try to address the challenges faced by General Practice.

Over the next five years each Primary Care Network will be given the opportunity to develop their teams of healthcare professionals to include staff such as GPs, district nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, physiotherapists, physician associates, and staff working in social care or the voluntary sector.  Each network will have to decide how best to use this investment and which healthcare professionals best help them deliver care to their local populations. They may choose to employ a social prescriber to help direct people to a range of non–clinical services like exercise activities, community groups and social clubs so that people can take greater control of their own health and stay well.

Primary care networks will also be working closely with hospitals, community services, public health and the council to join up health and care services and enable a greater focus on prevention of ill health.

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How could this affect you?

  • You may be offered an appointment or be seen by a range of different health professionals which the GP’s feel are best able to meet your needs.   This will hopefully mean that GPs will have more time to offer appointments to those who need to see a doctor specifically.
  • A greater focus on prevention – community based activities will help people live healthier lives. This will help relieve pressures on hospitals too.
  • Services will be more cost effective by joining up health and care providers.
  • A much needed additional investment in primary care  £900 million in funding to support the operation of Primary Care Networks and staffing, plus £1.8 billion in additional funding for increased services.

The six Primary Care Networks in B&NES are:

Primary Care Network Population size GP Practices Clinical Director
Bath Independents 26,000 Batheaston, Fairfield Park, Widcombe Dr Daisy Curling
Minerva 35,000 Combe Down, Grosvenor, Newbridge, Rush Hill and Weston, St Michael’s Partnership Dr Sam Robinson
Heart of Bath 27,000 Merged practices of: St James’, Oldfield, Number 18, Catherine Cottage Dr Arun Gadhok
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67,000 Hope House, Westfield, St Chad’s and Chilcompton, Somerton, St Mary’s, Hillcrest, Elm Hayes, Harptree, Chew Medical Dr Elizabeth Hersch
Keynsham 25,000 St Augustine’s, Temple House, Westview Dr Charles Bleakley
Unity Medical Group 30,000 University Medical Centre, Monmouth, Pulteney Dr James Brooks

Biographies for each Clinical Director can be found here. More information about Primary Care Networks can be found here.