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Locality – Oxford City – March 2015

Dermatology and Cardiology GP Education Session

The locality organised a GP education event in January attended by around 50 doctors from both inside and outside the city. The session was held at the Kings Centre in Oxford and focussed on cardiology and dermatology and the most effective ways of using these services.

Dr Richard Turner, a Dermatology Consultant at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUHT) discussed the symptoms in different types of skin cancers and the best treatments available for tackling them in primary care. This was followed by a question and answer session with the participation of community based GPs with a specialist interest in this area, Dr George Moncrieff and Dr Martyn Chambers.

Dr Iain Jordan, a Consultant in Psychological Medicine at OUHT, discussed high healthcare utilisation and how to manage a patient with recurrent chest pain. Dr Jeremy Dwight, a Cardiology Consultant at OUHT gave advice on heart failure and breathlessness; he was supported by Dr Heather Salt, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Take part in the Skin Club and Improve Your Skills

The OUHT’s Dermatology Department organises the ‘Skin Club’ at the Churchill Hospital (Seminar Room) in Oxford each month. These are led by Dr Richard Turner and Dr John Reed, Dermatology Consultants and are aimed at clinicians to improve their knowledge and understanding of skin conditions and treatments. GPs are welcome to attend to discuss their case studies. For further information about the dates of future meetings email: Victoria.jones@galderma.com

Locality’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) Forum Meeting – 5 March

More than 45 people attended the forum event at Oxford’s Town Hall and heard about developments in joint commissioning of primary care between OCCG and NHS England’s Thames Valley Area Team from Rosie Rowe, Head of Provider Development (Out of Hospital Care) at OCCG. Rosie explained how plans were progressing to develop joint commissioning in primary care and heard views from patients about increasing the involvement of them in this area. Following this feedback a patient involvement plan for primary care activity is being jointly prepared by OCCG and patient representatives.

There was also an update on the review of musculoskeletal services by Colin Sullivan, Senior Project Lead, Planned Care, at OCCG. Colin explained that patients have been involved from the beginning of the project, including around twenty patients taking part in a patient advisory group. Three joint patient and clinician events have also been held to develop a single integrated MSK service model, with follow up focus groups and a patient experience film used to objectify and map patient experience in order to refine the areas of focus. Issues with current service provision and the redesigned service model were explained, with answers to questions from the forum. Feedback from members of the forum was extremely positive about the project.

Dr Merlin Dunlop, Deputy Clinical Lead, Oxford City Locality explained the changing role of GPs and their increasing function as co-ordinators of healthcare in the community. A lively question and answer session followed as forum members asked questions around issues such as the evolving role of IT in patient care, particularly in patient records.

Michael Leech, the Chair of City Patient Locality Forum, said: ‘I’m pleased with the turn out from patient groups in the locality. The event updated people on how OCCG plans to further improve patient care not only in Oxford City but across the county.’

For more information contact Julie-Anne Howe, Locality Co-ordinator email: julie-anne.howe@oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk

Information about the Locality

There are 24 GP practices in the Locality with a population of nearly 200,000. The Clinical Director is Dr David Chapman who is supported by three deputies, Dr Karen Kearley, Dr Merlin Dunlop and Dr Andy Valentine.

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