New responsibility to manage GP services in Telford and Wrekin

LEADING doctors and NHS managers in Telford and Wrekin, will take on a new duty to help manage GP services in the area from April.

Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are the organisation currently responsible for buying and overseeing healthcare services including planned hospital care, urgent and emergency care, rehabilitation care, community health services and mental health and learning disability services.

But from April 1, 2015, the CCG will take on new responsibilities to commission - or buy - primary care as well, including the services commonly available from your local GP.

Chair of the CCG, Dr Michael Innes, said: "We applied to NHS England - the organisation currently responsible for commissioning primary care - to be allowed to commission primary care ourselves, under license from NHS England. 

"We're thrilled to have had our plans for what is termed 'co-commissioning' approved.
"What that means is that we can start planning healthcare services for the people of Telford and Wrekin to be much more joined-up," he said. "We expect that care you get from your GP, hospital, the emergency services and in the community will all support and complement each other in the future and we see this as a brave step forward in the continuing development of a service that delivers high quality care to the people of Telford and Wrekin.

"It will also give us a chance to be more efficient and economical in the way we do things.
"We want the healthcare available to the people of Telford and Wrekin to be care which closely addresses the needs of our local population," said Dr Innes. "We believe closer integration of services offers great opportunities"