The NHS has put out new and exciting guidance that we will be starting some new ways of working late in the year. All GP surgeries, while remaining independent, will also work with nearby surgeries for some projects. These groups of surgeries will be known as Primary Care Networks and our specific group will be called The Central West Primary Care Network.
The surgeries represented will be St Paul’s Medical Centre, Adelaide Street Practice (including the Harris Medical Centre), Elizabeth Street Practice and South King Street Medical Centre. This will then cover a population of around 35000 patients. There has to be a Clinical Director – which is an elected post – for the network. We have decided to have a shared post. This will be a shared role for Dr Leanne Rudnick (St Paul’s) and Dr Cruz Augustine (Adelaide Street). There is also an elected Primary Care Network Manager, Luan Stewart (Adelaide Street) has been chosen for that role. As the set up progresses and we get more information it will be shared with you.
The first joint project was population health management and further information on this can be found on our population health page.
Further information on primary care networks can be found on the NHS England website; https://www.england.nhs.uk/primary-care/primary-care-networks/