Weston and Worle GP practices to get cash to improve services for patients

PUBLISHED: 15:55 03 August 2018

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GPs in Weston and Worle are set to benefit from a £400,000 cash injection to help practices retain doctors and improve services for patients.

The money is part of a £10million pot from NHS England to support areas which are struggling to retain doctors.

Of the £10million, £7million will support schemes which are helping doctors to stay in the workforce, while the remaining £3million will be used to establish seven intensive support sites in areas which are struggling most to keep GPs – including sites in the Weston and Worle area.

Director of commissioning at NHS England South West Debra Elliott said: “We recognise the pressures GPs face in the Weston and Worle area and know that a range of factors 
are leading to general practitioners choosing to leave the workforce or, work on a part-time basis.

“We are committed to working with practices and the CCG to implement interventions and provide funding to ensure that GPs who might otherwise leave the profession feel fully supported and remain in post.

“This investment will provide much-needed support on our journey to improve local health and care systems in North Somerset.”

An action plan will be developed in consultation with GPs after an investigation is carried out into areas of need.

The intensive support and Local GP Retention Fund is the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at improving patient care by enhancing GPs’ quality of work life.

NHS England has also committed significant investment to attract new GPs to practices, including providing more training places and an international programme to recruit 2,000 GPs by 2020.

Martin Jones from Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, said: “This funding award is a great achievement for the area and a very welcome endorsement of our work to transform healthcare provision on behalf of patients in the Weston and Worle area.

“A strong and sustainable primary care sector is central to our plans for Weston and Worle yet like many parts of the country we have an ageing GP population and an urgent need to work with our family doctors to manage their workload, retain our skilled practitioners and ensure that we have sufficient primary care capacity to meet local need.

“This funding will help to kickstart the changes we need to make, freeing GPs’ time to focus on patient care while introducing new and more efficient ways for people to access primary care services.

“The changes will help to ensure greater consistency of services across Weston and Worle and support our ambitions for better primary care provision for local people.”

The project is expected to run until March 2019, with an action plan being agreed and ultimately implemented from autumn 2018.

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