£400k awarded to support Weston and Worle GP practices to improve services

  • 19 December 2018

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The CCG has been awarded £400,000 by NHS England to work with Weston and Worle GP practices to support GP retention and help improve services for patients.

Eleven practices in Weston, Worle, Banwell and Winscombe are working together as part of the Intensive Support Scheme (ISS) project. 

The aim of this project is to bring the GP surgeries together to offer personal support to doctors and nurses, practice support, improvements to the system and to improve patient care. 

This joint working is hoped to benefit practice staff by cutting workload by 20% over the next two years and provide improved access for patients.

The Weston and Worle area is one of only seven ISS sites created across the country, and secured the funding due to following reasons:

  • The greater number of GPs and nurses nearing retirement age
  • The high number of patients to GPs
  • The long-term recruitment and retention problems

The ISS will look to recruit and retain younger doctors and nurses, and improve the work/life balance of GPs, creating an exciting environment for prospective applicants.

Further details on the project will be available over the coming weeks. 

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