GP Care was set up, initially in the Bristol area, as a Limited Liability Partnership ("LLP") by a number of highly experienced GPs and other professionals in 2006 with initial funding provided by 85 GP practices ("Members of the GP Care Network") who felt that there were many opportunities to improve the patient experience within the NHS and that GP Care was well placed to do so.
Significant time and effort went into developing a comprehensive and robust clinical governance framework to ensure that all clinical services were well designed, well delivered and carefully monitored to ensure the highest standards of care prior to winning our first contract with NHS commissioners in 2007. NHS Commissioners in South Gloucestershire, who were seeking innovation and improvements to patient pathways, commissioned our Community Urology Service on a trial basis; their belief in us was well founded, the improvement in the patient pathway and the cost savings for commissioners were clear and so the trial subsequently converted to a full service contract.
Having established a positive reputation we started working on a greater number of new service designs. This required follow-on funding from existing investors (in 2008) who again showed their belief in our ability to deliver high quality services, make a positive difference for patients and deliver cost savings to the NHS. Since then we have won many additional contracts with NHS commissioners not only in the wider Bristol area but further afield such that we are operating nationally and providing care to some 10,000+ patients each year.
We continue to be a clinician owned and led organisation.