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. The period of engagement has been longer in the West of the County which was subject to recommendations from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel
- Click here to read the full Engagement Report for Locality Place Based Plans across Oxfordshire
- Appendix 1 – West Oxfordshire Locality Survey Feedback
- Appendix 2 – South West Oxfordshire Locality Survey Feedback
- Appendix 3 – South East Oxfordshire Locality Survey Feedback
- Appendix 4 – Oxford City Locality Survey Feedback
- Appendix 5 – North Oxfordshire Locality Survey Feedback
- Appendix 6 – North East Oxfordshire Locality Survey Feedback
- Appendix 7 – Social Media Coverage
- Appendix 8 – Event Feedback: West, South West, South East, North, North East and Oxford City.
- Appendix 9 – Letters and email Feedback
The first versions of the Locality Plans
The first versions of the Locality Plans are published below. An Oxfordshire wide summary of the Locality Plans was also prepared.
A summary, plan-on-a-page version of each individual Locality Plan is also available below.
North (Banbury, Chipping Norton, Bloxham and surrounding villages)
North East (Bicester,Kidlington, Woodstock and surrounding villages)
South East (Wallingford, Henley-on-Thames, Benson, Thame, Sonning Common and surrounding villages)
South West (Faringdon, Wantage, Abingdon, Didcot and surrounding villages)
West (Witney, Carterton, Eynsham and surrounding villages/towns)
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.