Introducing Dr Barbara Batty
In this edition of the newsletter we focus on Dr Barbara Batty who has been a lead GP commissioner at OCCG for the past couple of years. Barbara brings a wealth of experience to this role having worked in general practice in South Oxfordshire for the past 25 years; she is currently a senior GP Partner at the Woodlands Medical Centre in Didcot.
Barbara has been at the heart of GP commissioning going back to her involvement with the former Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust and before that the Primary Care Groups. Her interest in working with frail elderly patients led her to play an active role in the development of the Emergency Multi-Disciplinary Unit at Abingdon’s Community Hospital which has a particular focus on the rehabilitation of older people.
The unit’s innovative approach to providing health care was recognised when it scooped a national award from the Guardian newspaper in 2013. Barbara said: ‘This way of providing healthcare involving a specialist team of clinicians, consultants, GPs, and nurses, enables frail and vulnerable people to receive care closer to their home and in the community, reducing the need for them to stay in hospital.’
Barbara has been actively involved in commissioning health services at OCCG through her role as the South West Locality Deputy Clinical Director until 2014. More recently, she has been working as a GP lead improving urgent care services and developing outcomes based contracting for older people. This new way of delivering services will mean that the success of healthcare will be measured by results or outcomes that matter to elderly patients.
Away from work, Barbara – who is married with three children – enjoys long distance running, having completed this year’s Reading half marathon in just over two hours. Her ambition is to run the Oxford half marathon in under two hours in October.