General Practice pilots – Improving access to Primary Care
GPs in Oxfordshire successfully bid to the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund and secured funding to trial different ways of offering more primary care services to patients during 2015-16.
Across the county GPs have come together into seven federations to work jointly to test which projects best improve patient care and keep people out of hospital.
The £4.7million of funding will enable Oxfordshire GPs to test four projects, including; Neighbourhood Access Hubs; Home Visiting Teams; Care Navigators; and an online project offering Email Consultations and a Local Health website. The schemes are set to begin during the summer 2015.
It is estimated that through these measures an additional 70,000 appointments, consultations or assessments will be offered this year and 1,000 hospital admissions and 3,000 A&E visits will be avoided.
The pilot projects target populations in the county that need greater health care support, respond to demand for more out of hospital urgent care and offer further options for patients to get health care advice and take greater responsibility for managing their care. Different schemes will run in different parts of the county during this pilot phase. At the end of the year, the pilot projects will be evaluated and impact analysed by GPs and commissioners before deciding whether to implement the pilots across the county.
The pilot projects are currently being evaluated and you can read and download an information leaflet below about this process and how patient data will be used as part of this process.
Read the Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund newsletter below (previously the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund)
This will be issued regularly to update patients, the public and stakeholders on the ongoing work.