Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund
Within months of forming, the Alliance was successful in securing over £4 million in funding as part of the national Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund.
This demonstrated our commitment to improving the primary care offer across our area and recognising the importance it can play in improving patient outcomes and the contribution we can play to the urgent care agenda.
The project, called ‘Best Care, Anywhere’ consists of three high profile workstreams which integrate into existing services.
- The first of these three schemes was the GP extended hours hub based at the City of Coventry Health Care Centre. Sites in Wood End and Tile Hill have also been added with an additional site in Rugby recently opening. These hubs offer extended week-day urgent appointments and weekend routine appointments complimenting the existing primary care service.
- The second scheme focusses on the older patient population with the Coventry and Rugby’s first ever primary care frailty unit. The team of primary care specialists determines discharge and care planning for frail patients and manages them with a proactive, community-based focus.
- GP in ED was the first of the three schemes to launch and sees both a GP and practice nurse based in the A&E department. They treat patients who have presented to ED with a problem better suited to primary care.
This pilot covers 64 GP practices with a patient population of 374,335.
The £4 million funding will be spread over the next two years and it is hoped the schemes will start to be available to Coventry’s registered 374,335 patients during the summer.