GP Care, a provider of specialist clinical services across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire, was originally set up as a GP federation in the Bristol area in 2006.
It was apparent that a good deal of healthcare and investigation was focused within hospitals that, with the creative use of modern approaches and equipment, could and should be done closer to home with more convenience and better accessibility for patients. GP Care's creation reflected local GPs’ belief that it is possible to improve the patient experience working collaboratively but differently across the broad NHS community.
In 2008, 'GP Care UK Ltd' was created to invest in developing and supporting NHS diagnostic and treatment services within community settings. As part of this, it migrated from being a federation based partnership, to a company owned by the practices and/or individual GPs as shareholders.
We have ticked off many milestones from the first NHS contract (Community Urology in South Gloucestershire in 2007), to celebrating our 10th Anniversary and move from being housed above a GP practice in Downend to offices at Aztec West in 2018.
As our NHS partners have been forced to adapt to a changing world, we have risen to the challenge, developing services that create additional capacity for the NHS.
We also treat patients who want quality, outpatient diagnostics and minor surgery which is no longer funded by the NHS. Our success is underpinned by a comprehensive quality assurance framework to ensure that all clinical services are well designed, well delivered and carefully monitored to ensure the highest standards of care.
Today we treat more than 26,000 patients a year across 4 clinical commissioning areas and have won awards for the work that we do.
We pride ourselves on looking after our patients efficiently and empathetically, providing our staff with a fulfilling place to work and ensuring our sustainability by being financially robust and satisfying regulatory requirements. We measure our success by the numbers of patients we treat, how happy they are with our service and meeting local and national NHS targets.