Out of Hospitals - GP practices
Our CCG is made up of GP practices who are engaged in working together and have regularly taken part in a series of engagement events with patients and other stakeholders to explore how we implement the NHS General Practice Forward View (GPFV), was launched by NHS England in 2016. Following publication of the GPFV, we developed our primary medical care commissioning strategy for Bradford City and Districts CCGs with the following priorities:
- Improving access to primary medical services
- High quality primary medical care
- Developing the general practice workforce
- Promoting self care and prevention
- Collaborative working
- Estates, finance and contracting
To take these themes forward, we are encouraging opportunities for health care professionals to work together differently. Many local GP practices are choosing to work more closely together and improve services and quality for the patients. For example, we are doing practical things like accessing capital funding to improve GP surgeries and increasing opening times in the evenings and at weekends.
Other work includes:
- Offering online consultations: launching some new projects, including an on-line consultation system, which offers a number of benefits for patients including more convenient access to advice and care from their GP practice; easy access to information about symptoms, conditions and treatments and signposting to information about local services, patient support groups and ways to stay healthy
- Direct booking by NHS 111 into GP practice appointment systems: This will involve a digital collaboration between GP practices across Bradford and NHS 111 who receive patient enquiry calls out-of-hours. For Enquiries received by NHS 111 which require a follow-up appointment with a GP practice, it will now be technically possible to book the patient an appointment with their own practice for the next working day by March 2019.
- Care Navigation training for practice staff: We are training all practice reception staff in Care Navigation by March 2019. Care navigation is a person centred approach which uses signposting and information to help primary care patients and their carers move through the health and social care system as smoothly as possible. It also saves GP time, which can be spent caring for patients with more complex needs. You can find more information on the self-care and prevention page.