GP in AMU
The Federation was approached by the CCG to place GPs on the AMU at WRH to do ward rounds with Consultants to facilitate discharge. The ten week pilot ran from late February to early May 2014. With indirect and direct experience of the shifts, a report was written by Dr Salter (one of the directors of SWHC) with recommendations for the CCG and Acute Trust with follow up meetings at a senior level.
Prime Ministers challenge bid
SW Healthcare submitted a £3.2 million pound bid supported by SWCCG for the PM’s Challenge fund. As a newly formed organisation this was one of our first tenders and was lead by Dr Gemma Moore and neoNavitas an external management company on a no win no fee basis.
Our bid outlined a proposal to have 4 Primary Care hubs within South Worcestershire that would relieve escalating pressures off General Practice through delivery a flexible model for reviewing urgent primary care problems in the hubs, freeing up practice time to concentrate on those most at need patients and those with long term conditions. The model was supported by an extension of a primary care responsive visiting team and utilisation of an expanding skill mix of Nurses and pharmacists. This new model looked at innovative ways around challenges in practices lists, core contract and urgent care and allowed cross referral of patients in a continuous flow through the system.
We were unfortunately unsuccessful in our bid and are awaiting formal feedback on this from NHS England. The process gave us early tendering experience at a large scale and helped strengthen relationships within the local healthcare economy.