Slough CCG are committed to delivering the ambitions and objectives we articulated within our primary care strategy.

Slough CCG have a clear vision that health and social care services will increase the focus on supporting and sustaining independent living. Sustaining and transforming the role of primary care is vital for the successful delivery of this approach.

Primary care, where around 90 per cent of patient interaction with the NHS occurs, will need to operate at greater scale and in greater collaboration with other providers and professionals so that we can transform patient experience and secure a sustainable future.

The Frimley Sustainability and Transformation plans makes a firm commitment to ensure the future sustainability, resilience and capacity within the general practice workforce, including GPs, nurses and other general practice staff, enabling the use of their skills in the most appropriate ways to enhance delivery of care at all stages of their need. Practices will work more closely together as part of clusters of federated groups, operating as extended, and integrated teams with others such as social care, mental health practitioners, pharmacists and key members from hospital teams. The focus will be on prevention and self-care.

A crucial aspect in achieving our primary care objectives is creating the right environment to move care, out-of-hospital and closer to home.

Our clinicians will continue to take a leading role in coordinating joined up services, centred on the needs of the patients we serve, not the needs of an organisation. We believe that by taking on the responsibility of fully delegated commissioning arrangements of general practice medical services, the CCG will be able to ensure a joined up approach to primary care development that is focussed on the local context, local population needs, providing patients with a proactive and sustainable primary care for the future and improving patient outcomes.

Some of the benefits are that it will:

  • Put primary care at the centre of Sustainability and Transformation Plans(STP);
  • Further enhance patient participation across pathways and the whole commissioning process
  • Focus on areas with greater health inequalities by tailoring solutions to our local population, particularly older people with complex needs and working age families groups, and for those with mental health and learning disabilities
  • Deliver an Estates strategy that identifies priorities for investment, maximises premises utilisation while aligning with wider community infrastructure to support the STP ambitions
  • Locally develop a workforce plan that reflects the current and future workforce challenges, to support a sustainable primary care for the future
  • Help deliver our strategy to exploit the opportunities offered by the Digital Road map and we should significantly enhance our use of information and technology through interoperability.

Since July 2016, the CCG has worked collaboratively with NHSE to deliver joint commissioning arrangements and that has provided the CCG with the stepping stones to undertake the next steps of fully delegated responsibilities and ensure that we can fully meet the objectives and goals identified in our Primary Care strategy.

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