Call for action on GP Services

Call for action on GP Services


West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board are to discuss how General Practice services are provided and commissioned at their meeting this month.

The Board meets on Thursday November 21st from 2.15 pm at County Hall, Chichester with representatives from West Sussex County Council, West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England, District and Borough Councils and the voluntary sector.

On the agenda, NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group will present the current NHS England ‘call for action’ regarding the need for change in the way General Practice services are provided and commissioned.

Members of the Board will also hear from Healthwatch West Sussex on patient views about access to GP services.

Chairman Christine Field said: “GP services are a vital part of the local community, and as residents we need to be confident that we can quickly and easily access them when we need to. I hope that Healthwatch will be able to provide the Board with patient experiences to help us assess how accessible services currently are, and where and how in our view services can best be developed.”

The Board also receives an update on how funding from the NHS Support for Social Care allocation has been spent during the current financial year, and plans for the coming year. The funding is provided by the NHS to local authorities to be used to support adult social care services which also have a health benefit.

Projects supported to date include Proactive Care across the county, ‘One Call One Team’ which provides an integrated response to urgent care via a single point of access, additional community equipment and additional support to the Independent Living Service, and the Dementia Crisis Service, which works to avoid admission to hospital.

There will also be a presentation on recent Mental Health Needs Assessments for the Board to discuss how the information should influence future commissioning plans.

For more information and a copy of the agenda visit the Health and Wellbeing Board web pages on the Country Council website.