Medicas Health Limited and North Bucks Primary Care Network
Practices working at scale, with good leadership and high levels of trust can be a powerful agent for change. The North Bucks PCN Practices consisting of Ashcroft Surgery, Edlesborough Surgery, Norden House Surgery , The Swan Practice, Waddesdon Surgery, Wing Surgery and Whitchurch Surgery have worked together on a number of projects over the years, have a strong locality voice with high levels of patient engagement and motivation to resolve local issues. These issues are often those of inequitable patient care due to geography and rurality and border issues with secondary care providers and social care providers.
The decision to come together to form Medicas was made at the latter end of 2016. The Primary Care Network came into being in July 2019. All practices were invited to join together with the aim of being a credible provider of healthcare, able to commit to a shared vision for our patients and support each other as we develop. A crucial element of the organisation will be to ensure sustainability of primary care. Our main aim is to develop a local care model and take more responsibility for the health and care of our population.
We have 7 practices committed to this organisation, with a combined patient population of circa 68,000 patients.
The organisation, as it grows will also be able to take on other contracts which it feels are beneficial to the patients and which may lead to new practice income streams, which can then be reinvested to extend services.
The aim is to create a co-ordinated locality-wide organisation to be the preferred provider of high quality, local primary care additional services (initially in the North Bucks Primary Care Network) which will complement and integrate with our existing primary medical services.
- Support the STP’s for both Buckinghamshire, Oxford and Berkshire (BOB) and Bedfordshire , Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK)
- Work together and plan services with the patients in the locality
- Improve the health of our population
- Reduce the burden of acute care through improved planned care processes
- Move services from hospital to community settings through prioritisation and planning
- Reduce barriers and further integrate care by reducing provider fragmentation
- Reduce quality variations across the locality
- Change the workforce model, becoming a GP led multi-disciplinary team, genuine alternative to hospital led models
- Be a strong commissioning influence in Buckinghamshire
- Improve efficiency through strategic buying, consolidation of back office and administration
- Work alongside our colleagues at FedBucks