Transforming Primary Care in Wolverhampton

Our vision is to achieve universally accessible high quality out of hospital services that promote health & wellbeing for our local community. We seek to ensure that treatment is available in the right place, at the right time and to improve the quality of life for those living with long term conditions and reduce health inequalities.

In Wolverhampton we are supporting the development of new models of care delivery through emerging models that include a small Primary and Acute Care Model and three Multi-Speciality Care Providers. This is helping us to shape primary and community services for the future.

The following animation demonstrates this new way of working where local NHS services and GPs are working together to deliver care closer to home: 

Our Primary Care Strategy (January 2016) is built on firm foundations as detailed in the General Practice Forward View and sets out how we will transform primary care in Wolverhampton. We have adopted a programme management office approach to ensuring the delivery of our primary care strategy and through close working with NHS England we are proactively prepared for and responsive to a range of projects being lead nationally that have an impact on primary care in Wolverhampton.

Primary Care strategy

Our strategy has been co-designed with our member practices. As a membership organisation we are committed to collaborative working. Delivery of the strategy spans a five year period that commenced in 2016 and is anticipated to conclude by 2021. The vision is reliant upon the transference of a range of services that have traditionally taken place in a hospital setting in order for us to reduce demand on secondary care and treat patients in the community. The strategy is underpinned by a programme of work that spans a number of enabling groups.

Transformation funding made available from the CCG’s allocation will be used to incentivise practices to improve access and champion each of the Ten High Impact Actions over a 2 year period outlined (see investment). This is in addition to existing funding that has enabled practices to work at scale via dedicated Project Management Support provided by the CCG.

Each task & finish group was established in 2016 and they have embarked upon bringing the strategy to life with a defined and measurable programme of work to implement the strategy. Seven Task & Finish Groups specifically responsible for developing primary care: Practices as Provides, Localities/Practice Groups as Commissioners, Primary Care Contracting, Workforce, Clinical Pharmacist Role, Estates, Information Management & Technology.

Governance arrangements have been established via the formation of a Primary Care Strategy Committee, a subcommittee of the Governing Body.

Practices are actively aligning themselves with their preferred model. This not only advocates working at scale but is very closely linked to care redesign. We anticipate that these new ways of working will aid us to identify the sustainable primary care organisation(s) we require for the future. Our demand management plan, introduced during 2016 comprises of a number of projects designed to manage the demand placed on secondary care and improve clinical effectiveness across each sector of the health economy.

View the General Practice Forward View Implementation Plan 2017-19 here.