LOCAL GPs LAUNCH A NEW NETWORK TO IMPROVE SERVICES
The new Mid Chiltern Primary Care Network (PCN) has its launch event at 7pm on Wednesday 26th February at the Misbourne School in Great Missenden.
The network has been set up in response to a significant Government initiative aimed at strengthening general practice and building the links between health and social care at a local community level.
Dr Shaheen Jinah, one of the two GPs taking the role of joint clinical directors of the network, said:
I am very excited about the possibilities from the five surgeries in our network working together.
GPs have been under a lot of pressure for a while now. Our goal is to use the network to bring a wider range of services to our patients and to free up GP time so patients can have better contact with us when it is needed. This will, though, take time.
The launch event has been organised by a new patients group representing the patients of the five surgeries. Chris Purves, chair of the Mid Chiltern PCN Patients Group, said:
We wanted to ensure that fellow patients are aware of what the changes are. It’s important patients know about things that will affect them. As the NHS constitution says “The patient will be at the heart of everything the NHS does”.
This event is just a first stage in what we hope will be a regular flow of information from the network, the five surgeries and from our patients group about what is happening.
In January 2019 the previous Government asked all GP surgeries in England to group together to form primary care networks, each with a total of 30-50,000 patients. Mid Chiltern PCN was formed in response to this. It comprises the following five surgeries:
- Amersham Health Centre
- Rectory Meadow in Amersham
- The Practice Prospect House in Great Missenden
- John Hampden Surgery in Prestwood
- Hughenden Valley and Chequers Drive Surgeries
PCNs get extra money to employ new shared staff. The Government’s reasons are explained in a 1st July 2019 news item on Bucks CCG’s website.
Each of the five surgeries has a volunteer patient participation group. The chairs of these groups encouraged patient involvement in the development of the new network and were pleased to be asked to suggest the network name and logo.
The chairs have formed the network-level patients group which is believed to be the first of its kind in Buckinghamshire. The group has organised this launch event.
Patients have been invited to apply for a place at the launch event: only those with confirmed invitations will be allowed entry. Applications can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The speakers at the event will include
- Dr Clare Gabe, senior partner at Amersham Health Centre
- Dr Shaheen Jinah, a GP at Hughenden Valley and Chequers Drive Surgeries
- Chris Purves, chair of the network’s patients group.
Dr Jinah and Dr Gabe are the two clinical directors of the PCN. The social prescriber and clinical pharmacist newly employed by the PCN will also be there.
► For more info about primary care networks see Healthwatch Bucks website https://tinyurl.com/qmuvk8d .
► For more about patient participation groups see https://healthwatchcwl.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/PPG-Best-Practice-Guide-2017.pdf or https://www.england.nhs.uk/south/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2016/09/ppg-introduction.pdf
► The websites for the five surgeries are: