Successful bid to the PMs Challenge Fund win

Following the announcement from NHS England in the national and local news, we are very pleased to announce that the joint application by GP Care and Brisdoc, the Bristol based Out of Hours provider, to secure funding from the £50m Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund has been successful.

The bid was submitted under the ‘One Care Consortium’ banner and is focused on delivering a new working model for general practice that delivers significant benefits to NHS patients. A total of £5m of funding has been secured, comprising £2.9m of revenue and £2.1m of capital expenditure, in order to support the initiative which will be undertaken in close collaboration with all of our local GP practices.

We will now be communicating further with local GP practices about developing and implementing these plans as well as working closely with Brisdoc and NHS England Local Area Team to ensure maximum benefit for patients.

Phil Yates, Chairman of GP Care said "General Practice has been the bedrock of the health service but needs support at this time to respond to new challenges and an enhanced role. This important project enables collaboration and innovation to improve access for patients and a more efficient and effective deployment of precious clinical resource in this area".

Dr Ray Montague, Chairman of Brisdoc commented that "This funding gives us the resource to carve out a new and more efficient way of delivering general practice which we hope will be transferable across the whole region. It is about practices driving improvement from the ground up, working together to optimise processes and procedures and the shared use of the patient record, and about agreeing and implementing standards particularly around urgent care and access to accountable GPs. But mostly it's about regaining the trust of patients that whenever the need is real, general practice is there for them seven days a week. The practices and partners of the One Care Consortium are honoured and excited to have this opportunity."

Linda Prosser, Director of Commissioning for NHS England in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire said "We are delighted the One Care Consortium bid has been successful because it will deliver tangible benefits to patients in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. The scheme is an example of real innovation and will increase access to healthcare for everyone, especially our more vulnerable patients in the area. We look forward to working closely with the Consortium to make sure the scheme is sustainable, beyond the duration of the pilot."

We would like to thank everyone involved in this initiative to date for their input and support. This is an exciting opportunity and GP Care and Brisdoc feel privileged and honoured to be selected to support and enhance the contribution of local general practice in the South West.

For further information contact us by email at info@gpcare.org.uk or by phone on 0333 332 2100.

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