Primary Care Strategy

Local GP practice waiting area

Developing a primary care strategy fit for the future

Here at NHS Newham CCG we are continually working to improve local health services and the health outcomes for the communities we serve. In 2013 we launched our five year primary care strategy setting out how we expected to support the delivery of high quality primary care for residents of Newham. Since the launch of this document a lot has changed across the NHS landscape, which is why we are now revisiting the strategy to make sure that our plans support the development of sustainable primary care services, which can meet demands now and into the future.

A number of significant NHS strategy documents have been released since the original strategy was developed including the Five Year Forward View, the GP Forward View, Better Health for London and Transforming Primary Care a Strategic Commissioning Framework. In response to the new strategic direction for the wider NHS the CCG has been developing our local Transforming Services Together (TST) programme and a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) in partnership with other local healthcare commissioners and providers. While much of our original primary care strategy remains relevant we are now refreshing the strategy to ensure it can meet the new challenges presented to the NHS, including:

  • Reflecting local plans and revised national and area wide strategy
  • Commissioning by outcomes across an area to reduce variations in quality of care
  • Managing increasing patient demand from a growing population
  • Improving patient satisfaction and delivering 8am – 8pm bookable access
  • Reduced funding
  • Closer links to integrated community services
  • The new working relationship with the GP Federation and the changing workforce mix
  • The wider strategic approach linked to the delivery of TST and the STP

The summary of the areas we are focusing on in our refreshed strategy can be accessed here.