Locality Plans

Spires of Oxford

It is recognised, nationally and locally, that primary care, and particularly general practice, is under pressure. With a growing population and increasing life expectancy, demands on primary care have increased with people living longer with long term conditions. In the next five years 30% of GPs plan to retire in Oxfordshire, while the numbers of trainees wanting to work as GPs or practice nurses is declining. This is leading to problems in recruitment and with patients accessing GP services, as well as sustainability and workforce issues.

Working together to develop the Plans

Local GP practices across the county have been working with Oxfordshire CCG and patient representatives on plans for the future of GP and primary care services. These locality plans are intended to build resilient, sustainable primary care for the future. In doing this, the plans are intended to support the vision for health services in Oxfordshire where patients will receive more care closer to home and be supported out of hospital as much as possible.

A period of public engagement was undertaken between 3 November and 3 December 2017[i].  The draft plans for each locality were presented and discussed at a series of public workshops around Oxfordshire, and discussed at various stakeholder meetings.   We have also been talking to Patient Participation Groups to find out more about the patient experience, listening to what patients feel is important and their ideas for change. An online/paper survey was available on OCCG’s engagement website - Talking Health.  People also had the opportunity to give direct feedback via email, letter, phone, or freepost.  Following this period of engagement the draft plans were published and were available for further comment from all stakeholders until 17 December 2017.

[1] The period of engagement has been longer in the West of the County which was subject to recommendations from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel

The first versions of the Locality Plans

The first versions of the Locality Plans are published below and an Oxfordshire wide summary of the Locality Plans is being prepared and will be available here soon.

 A summary, easy-to-read version of each individual Locality Plan will be made available in early February.

 

NHS England commissioned a review of the work undertaken to develop the West Oxfordshire Locality Plan and this will be available on NHSE website soon. A link will be provided here when available.

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