In April 2014 GP Care and BrisDoc were delighted to learn their joint bid to the £50million Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund was successful. The Challenge Fund created great interest and attracted more than 250 expressions of interest with 20 successful schemes being awarded sums from £400k to £5m. The win meant the One Care Consortium was created, effectively morphing a concept into a reality as a consequence of the £5m funding over 2 years.
The One Care Consortium is now taking shape and moving forward across BNSSG in trialling innovative ways of using technology to improve access to primary care, manage demand effectively and improve the quality and consistency of care delivered. Some of the solutions we expect to develop are:
- Use of online platforms to manage appointments, repeat prescriptions and consultations;
- Shared and integrated telephony solutions;
- Integrated patient records - read and write access via EMIS web across the Consortium;
- Booked weekend appointments to facilitate 7-day primary care leadership and management.
The first three months has seen a buzz of activity as GP Care and BrisDoc set up the programme and began establishing a Steering Group with GP practice representation and the recruitment of a programme team to drive forward our ambitions. The overall delivery of the bid is being led by a Programme Board led by NHS England with GP Care Executive Chairman, Dr Phil Yates representing the One Care Consortium and BrisDoc’s Dr Ray Montague as Chair of One Care Consortium’s Bid Delivery Programme.
The programme has got off to an excellent start with 23 practices (236,000 patients) across BNSSG participating in the first wave. First wave practices will be developing and trialling a range of solutions with an initial focus on:
- Developing a joint care plan template across the consortium;
- Developing a system of pre-booked weekend reviews based on learning from the Bristol and South Glos winter pilots;
- Exploring the potential benefits of a click first E-consultation strategy to channel demand for primary care effectively – as developed by the Hurley Group;
- Agreeing standards for urgent access to General Practice;
- Early optimisation of how practices can use EMIS web to greatest effect.
Supporting these developments is a common IT workstream to ensure that the goal of seamless read/write access to patient records is realised.
There has been good understanding of the benefits of working together as the One Care Consortium, and enthusiasm for the programme has been outstanding. The launch event held at Engineers’ House on 5th June was attended by representatives of the 24 ‘Wave one’ practices with Ray “popping a cork” signifying the start of a very challenging but exciting time for Primary Care across BNSSG.
Dr Phil Yates and Helen England subsequently spoke about the Consortium’s programme at the Practice Management Conference on 28th June with over 120 delegates across BNSSG.
The programme will initially benefit more than 230,000 patients, but with potential for inclusiveness, the ambition is to implement solutions which can be adopted by all practices who serve the 960,000 patients across the area. The programme team are in the process of setting up a website and planning a range of communications in order to keep everyone up to date and able to contribute ideas. The second wave of practices are planning to join the Consortium from April 2015. We would be pleased to hear from any practices who are interested in knowing more about the programme and would like to join subsequent waves. Contact details are below and meanwhile we will continue to provide a regular update through the Newsletter.
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