We have recently received an additional £0.5m of funding to support primary care at scale across Surrey Heartlands – this means finding new ways of working that help primary care colleagues to meet the increasing challenges they are facing by working more collaboratively together across local areas to provide a wider range of services to local patients.   Working at scale will also help support primary care to offer extended access at weekends and in the evenings.

We had a fantastic attendance at the launch of the first of our GP Masterclasses recently, where we also focused on Primary Care at scale – keeping Primary Care at the centre”.

The evening got underway with an overview of the Surrey Heartlands landscape and devolution from Dr Claire Fuller and Matthew Tait followed by a presentation from our guest speaker Dr Nav Chana with his introduction to the primary care home; an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care developed by the NAPC.  

The evening with vibrant ‘place base’ discussions that led to actions around how our local federations / Integrated Care Systems might like to adopt and progress the approach across Surrey Heartlands.

Those who attended responded extremely positively to our first event saying;

“Very helpful use of my time and my locality development”

“Helpful to get a perspective on how Primary Care may evolve”

“Really helpful to hear about Primary Care Homes, and hear about local innovation potential to make changes responsive to local people”,

“Talking to locality groups most useful exercise, leading to improved relationships”

The next GP Masterclass will be taking place on Tuesday 20 March and our guest speaker on this occasion will be Tracey Vell, CEO Manchester LMC.  For colleagues interested in attending this event please contact Barbara Bool (b.bool@nhs.net) to ensure that your place is reserved.  As before a light buffet supper will be available from 6.45pm with the session commencing at 7pm and concluding at 9pm.