Steps to the Future: The Prime Minister's Challenge Fund - Creating a Healthy Future for Slough
Slough CCG is delighted that GP Practices across Slough were successful in their bid to the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund (PMCF), receiving £2.95m to improve access to primary care for their patients.
What is the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund?
The Prime Minister's Challenge fund was announced in October 2013 as a way to improve access and innovation in the delivery of GP services. In December 2013, expressions of interest (EOIs) were submitted to NHS England by GP Practices wishing to be part of the pilot, before a final list of schemes was selected. The 16 practices in Slough were one of only twenty successful bids from GP collaborations across the country.
What does this mean for patients in Slough?
- Extended access to GP services. Patients have access to a local GP during extended weekday and weekend opening times.
- A range of innovative new projects. This includes introducing a free opt-in text service to promote patient wellbeing and provide reminders about routine health checks to online web appointments.
Please see the below suite of posters that explain more about the scheme and the 11 additional projects that have been implemented over the past 12 months
Our Second Year
Slough’s seven-day opening is now in its second year. Patient feedback on the new service has been extremely positive throughout and Slough CCG, along with its patient groups have run two Keeping Well in Slough open days, the most recent being in May 2015. Hundreds of patients gave their views on what ‘great’ primary care looks like in Slough.
Healthwatch Slough have been supporting the pilot. A presentation was given at their event on the 14 September 2015.
Slough CCG was one of the fastest implementers in the country for introducing seven day working. The pilot has been praised nationally by NHS England, and as a result Slough's Clinical Chair Dr Jim O'Donnell was involved in the national BBC coverage about PMCF, see below.
Along with both national and local media coverage, the Farnham Road Practice Slough has been visited by the then Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Quality , Earl Howe, who praised the scheme and the hard work of Slough practices, patients and the CCG in making seven day access a success.