Improving quality in general practice
The CCG organised a patient and public engagement event on 8 May about the new GP contract which was published earlier in 2019 as part of the Long Term Plan. Read the presentation from the meeting and the full report.
A key element of the new contract is the development of primary care networks which will build on the work that Southwark has been doing with partners and patients as part of the Local Care Network. The new GP contract recognises the importance of local GP surgeries and invests significant funding in general practice over the next five years.
We will set out the context of what we have already been doing in Southwark and explain how we are supporting the development of primary care networks and exploring what this means for local patients. We will also want to talk about how we can engage with patients about service being delivered by the Primary Care Networks. This builds on earlier work that we have carried out and which is described below.
NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group and Healthwatch Southwark jointly organised an engagement event in December 2017, where Healthwatch shared the findings from their GP appointment project and the CCG and the GP federations shared the work that we are doing to support practices to improve access for patients. You can read the presentation from this event here. Healthwatch have published the report and the CCG and GP federation response on their website. The CCG will be discussing the findings and the role of PPGs at the locality PPGs in 2018.
This event follows on from previous engagement events that the CCG has organised as part of its role for improving quality in general practice in April 2017. You can read a report of this meeting here. We also held discussions at the locality patient participation group meetings in March 2017 on quality and general practice services.
The engagement event in October 2016 was about the CCG taking on more responsibility for planning and decision making about local GP services. This is called co-commissioning and the CCG took on fully delegated responsibility for joint commissioning of GP services on 1 April 2017. You can read the report of what people said and what people thought important here.