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Locality – North Oxfordshire – March 2015

Emergency Care Practitioners Being Trialled in the Locality

A pilot service that supports the work of GPs and further improves patient care has been rolled out in the locality. Emergency Care Practitioners (ECPs) are being trialled at nine GP practices in the Banbury area to allow patients who need home visits to be seen more rapidly. ECPs are fully trained paramedics who assess the needs of patients in their homes and will treat them if necessary; or assess their health needs and decide if patients require admission to hospital. An aim of the service is to help reduce the number of unnecessary visits to local emergency departments.
The service is available at times of peak demand on Mondays and Fridays. It is being managed by the North Oxfordshire GP Federation, a new organisation made up of local GPs who will be providing more health services in the locality.

Dr Paul Park, OCCG North Locality Clinical Director, said: ‘This pilot will support local GPs in their work and help patients get even better health care. We’ll assess the success of the scheme when it finishes to see if it can be extended across the locality.’

For more information contact Fergus Campbell, Locality Co-ordinator email:

Information about the Locality

There are 13 GP practices in the Locality with 105,963 registered patients. The locality Clinical Director is Dr Paul Park, who is supported by Dr Judith Wright.

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