Partnership helping GPs to manage workloads

Dr Nigel Twelves, executive GP for Ponteland Medical Group and clinical director of Northumbria Primary Care.
Dr Nigel Twelves, executive GP for Ponteland Medical Group and clinical director of Northumbria Primary Care.
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Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new business venture in partnership with North-East GPs to offer support services to primary care providers.

Northumbria Primary Care (NPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the trust, builds on years of collaboration between primary and acute care services in North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Bespoke packages of support are available for both individual doctors and federations of GPs.

NPC is already working with three of Northumberland’s primary care practices.

It provides complete management support for Ponteland Medical Group and Blyth’s Collingwood Medical Group, and it’s also joining forces with Cramlington Medical Group.

Ponteland Medical Group operates from three sites – two in the town and one at Dinnington in Newcastle – serving 11,000 patients.

Dr Nigel Twelves, its executive GP and also clinical director of NPC, said: “Having worked as a GP for more than 20 years, I am really excited about the development of NPC, which is already starting to deliver benefits for more than 20,000 patients in the North East.

“The benefits for our patients are already very clear, with more appointments available with GPs and quicker response times for patients when they contact the practice, and we are looking forward to enhancing our services even further.”

“Over the past year, we have worked closely with Northumbria Healthcare to establish NPC as a stand-alone venture which means we can capitalise on the vast corporate expertise of a highly-successful NHS foundation trust while having very clear lines of accountability to NPC’s own board of directors, which is led by GPs.

“At Ponteland Medical Group we have transferred the entire practice management to NPC, which means our GPs are now able to focus on day-to-day patient care, rather than the time-consuming, yet crucial, aspects of managing a GP practice.”