Oxfordshire’s health and care services - The Big Consultation - Phase 1
Oxfordshire CCG has launched a 12 week public consultation on proposals to change some health services in Oxfordshire. Some of these proposals include services at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury and may affect some of you, our patients.
The CCG is keen to get as much feedback as possible around the proposals for change. No decisions have yet been made and patient, public and NHS staff views are very much encouraged.
For more information please visit the following website for details.
‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ app
Download OCCG’s ‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ app to your smart phone to find health services closest to where you are in Oxfordshire.
Visit the app store to download the app for Android or iOS operating systems.
See http://bit.ly/iphoneappchoosewell or http://bit.ly/androidappchoosewell
New contractual arrangements came into force on 1st April 2014 requiring GP practices to make available a statement of intent about IT developments. Statement of Intent.pdf
GP practices in Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire are now working together as part of the PML GP Federation.
The Federation is a new way of working for GPs and it was created to enhance the delivery of health and care services for the people in our area.
There are 40 GP practices in Oxfordshire and 16 GP practices in Northamptonshire aligned to the PML GP Federation, covering a population of over 430,000.
In Oxfordshire the Federation works in four locality groups covering the North, North East, West and part of the South West areas of Oxfordshire.
In Northamptonshire, 16 GP practices are working with PML.
Your GP practice is part of the NOxMed group, which is made up of 11 practices in the North of Oxfordshire.
PML’s central office in Banbury provides administrative and management support, governance and strategic planning and each locality has its own clinical and administrative lead to ensure our health plans are tailored for our local population.
Find out more about the PML GP Federation follow the link http://www.principal-medical.co.uk/Community_Services.php
The PML Federation has been awarded funds to pilot new ways of delivering services to help GP practices meet increasing demand.
The aim is to improve services that patients receive through their GP Surgery. We are spending this new money on service trials in a number of locations. We will, over time, be able to measure the impact these new ways of working might have on patient care and on GP workloads.
Where services are successful, we hope they will become mainstream and enable even more patients will benefit.
Early Visiting Service
The Early Visiting Service (EVS) is made up of a team of emergency care clinicians who will work closely with GP practices to provide home visits to the elderly and housebound.
Neighbourhood Access Hubs
Neighbourhood Access Hubs provide same-day (or in some areas weekend) urgent appointments for patients as an alternative to an appointment at their own GP surgery. This service helps GP practices meet the increasing demand for urgent appointments and enables GPs more time for planned care.
A Neighbourhood Access Hub is not a ‘Walk-in Centre’ – you must be referred by your own GP practice for an appointment. This service is in the preparation stage at the moment, and more information about start dates and exact locations of the hubs will be made available over the coming months.
Named Accountable GP
From 1st April 2015, the NHS has said that all GP Practices should allocate a named accountable GP to all patients, including children.
Our patients are already assigned a named GP, (usual GP), and many of you will already know who this is for you. If you would like to know the name of your accountable GP please ask next time you contact the practice.
This change will have no impact on the service you receive regarding provision of appointments at Hightown Surgery, your treatment, or which GP you can see. If asked by other Doctors please continue to use the name of the GP you normally see.
Patients will still have access to all of our GPs and you can still request to see the Doctor or Nurse of your choice.
Should you wish for your assigned GP to be changed we will do our best to accommodate your requests.