We joined forces late last year with thirty-four other GP practices across south Warwickshire to form a GP Federation and improve the services we can off to our patients.
We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring you even better care such as the Over 75s health checks. These deliver proactive health reviews for people over the age of 75. Under the scheme, we will be contacting patients aged 75 and over to arrange detailed health assessments, with a view to identifying proactive measures to help maintain good health.
What is a GP federation?
A federation is a group of GP practices working together to provide health services to patients. We will share back office resources such as training and purchasing and enables us to bid for funding to provide additional services for our communities.
With the combination of a growing population and people living longer with more complex health conditions, GP practices need to find better ways of working so that we can continue to provide you with high quality care.
One GP from each practice acts as a shareholder and nominally holds the shares for their partnership. In our case, Dr Keith Green is our shareholder. Dr Green will take an active role in directing the priorities of the Federation and ensuring they meet the needs of our patients.
How will this affect me?
All our patients will continue to access services in the normal way. Tanworth-in-Arden Medical Practice will continue to operate as an independent practice and you will still see the same GPs and practice staff.
One of the main reasons for setting up the federation was to enable us to bid for funding to provide additional services within our local area.
Community Education Provider Network (CEPN)
A CEPN is a group of practices that come together to provide and deliver training opportunities in its locality to ensure there is a well trained workforce for years to come. Current national workforce scoping suggests we will have a shortage of trained GPs and Practice Nurses in the next ten years as the numbers qualifying are not high enough to meet those retiring. SWGP have been engaging with Health Education West Midlands (HEWM) and other stakeholders to learn more about these networks which have been successfully developed in other areas of the country.
HEWM are shortly inviting applications from federations or similar organisations to bid for a small amount of funding over the next few years to develop a CEPN in their own locality. This application should focus on practice and community nursing provision. SWGP intend to submit a bid in September to benefit both its practices and patients. If successful we would focus on scoping our current nursing workforce to understand our position whilst up skilling our practice nurses so they can mentor student nurses.
Find out more about SWGP
To access more information about SWGP’s objectives, directors and shareholders as well as some of our current work please visit www.southwarwickshiregps.nhs.uk
Data Exchange Agreement
As a practice we have signed a data exchange agreement. The 43 page legal document is available upon request if anyone would like to read through the entire agreement. We would like to summarise what this means to our patients and how we see the agreement working. A total of 35 practices, including Tanworth-in-Arden Medical Practice, have joined together to form a GP Federation. With the exception of one practice, this is all the practices in South Warwickshire. The aim of the data exchange agreement is to help practices work together to perform well and assist with the increasing amount of bureaucracy imposed on us from the Government. We are also able to share policies and protocols between the GP federation. All data that leaves the surgery is anonymised and as a practice we feel this option is a safe way to share information. All data will be dealt with by other practices who are all fully aware of data security. As a Warwickshire practice, in addition, this agreement will allow staff at A&E in Warwick Hospital to access your information ONLY if you are admitted to Warwick Hospital and you give your consent. If you give your consent, the senior member of staff can read your records but cannot alter your GP records. If anyone was to try to access your records without your consent, they would lose their job and their professional certificate as a doctor or nurse. This facility will allow the hospital to be able to treat you quicker and more efficiently. No other hospital or NHS organisation will hold your data.