GP Practice Five Year Forward View - progress
Our CCG is made up of GP practices who are actively engaged and involved in working together. They have taken part in a series of regular engagement events, along with patients and other stakeholders, to explore how we implement the GP Five Year Forward View to improve and develop primary care services.
These engagement events sit alongside our bi-monthly local commissioning forums (LCFs) which provide a central meeting place for clinical care issues to be discussed. During 2017/18:
- GP Practices have been opening longer in the evenings and at weekends under our extended GP access scheme which went live across Airedale in July 2017. This scheme provides weekday evening appointments for 40% of our local population. There is currently one extended access ‘hub’, based at Farfield Practice in Keighley and we expect all people registered with a GP in our CCG area to be able to access this service from October 2018.
- We have consulted on a new Primary Medical Care Commissioning Strategy, gathering views from local people on our plans and our learnings from your feedback are shaping how this is being implemented.
- Front line GP practice staff have been trained in active signposting to improve access to appropriate help and support in primary care.
- Online consultation is helping GPs to deliver better access to their patients by providing a portal where they can describe their symptoms and receive self-help advice, together with signposting to NHS 111, pharmacies and other healthcare services. The full service will be available in 2018/19.