GP Practice Engagement

Sometimes, we need to engage with patients about changes to their GP practice. This engagement could be for a number of reasons – your practice may be thinking about merging with another practice nearby to help deliver primary health-care services to patients; a GP may manage two practices and want to merge the contracts to make improvements to administrative and IT systems; or a Practice may have decided to hand back their contract, and therefore the CCG needs to find a new provider to deliver health care services.

From here, you will be able to see the reports from past engagement activities with GP practices, and find out about any up-coming events.

Dr Nathan, and Dr Bhate and El-Shakankery (Riverview Health Centre) – November 2017

Two practices in Sunderland have applied to merge into one practice to ensure their future sustainability to deliver high quality and safe primary health care to their patients.  Both practices are based in Riverview Health Centre in Sunderland: Dr Nathan, and Dr Bhate and El-Shakankery.

All patients over the age of 18 have been contacted to take part in a survey. In addition, two information sessions have taken place.

Please find letters sent out to patients below:

Information sheet

Dr Nathan merger letter

Dr Bhate and Dr El-Shakankery merger letter

Dr Thomas, Dr Bhatt, and Dr Benn (Victoria Road Health Centre) – November 2017

Three practices in Sunderland have applied to merge into one practice to ensure their future sustainability to deliver high quality and safe primary health care to their patients. All three practices are based in Victoria Road Health Centre in Washington: Victoria Medical Practice, Dr Thomas, and Dr Bhatt and Dr Benn.

All patients over the age of 18 have been contacted to take part in a survey. In addition, two information sessions have taken place.

Please find letters sent out to patients below:

Easy Read Merger letter Dr Bhat and Dr Benn 2

Easy Read Merger letter Dr Thomas 2

Easy Read Merger letter Victoria Practice 2

GP Merger Information Sheet 3

Church View Medical Centre and Colliery Medical Group (New Silksworth Medical practice) – April 2017

Both providers at Church View Medical Centre and Colliery Medical group contacted NHS Sunderland CCG, letting us know they no-longer wish to provide GP services after 30 September 2017. Six information sessions were held with patients, over three dates (1 June, 9 June, and 12 June).  Below are links to the Question & Answer sheet, provided to all patients, and the report from these information sessions.

Church View and Colliery – Question and Answer Sheet

Church View and Colliery Final report

New Silksworth Medical Practice Final report

New Silksworth Medical Practice Final Letter – September 2017 (Easy Read)

New Silksworth Medical Practice- Newsletter October 2017 (Easy Read)

Harraton Surgery & Springwell House – May 2017

Harraton Surgery and Springwell House are already operated by the same provider. There is a proposal to merge the contracts for these two surgeries, to enable the provider to make improvements to administrative and IT services. This merger should not affect frontline services. The views of patients are very important, and we welcomed patient feedback on the proposed merger through information sessions held on 26th and 27th July.

The information collected through the survey and information sessions is currently being analysed, and will be uploaded here in the near future.

Harraton and Springwell Report Final

Conishead Medical Group – July 2017

Conishead Medical Group were in talks with a neighbouring practice with a view to a possible merger. Unfortunately, both practices felt after due consideration that the merger was not a viable option. After this decision not to merge was agreed, Conishead Medical Group made the difficult decision to hand back their contract to NHS England and withdraw from their role in providing the service as from 31 December 2017.

NHS Sunderland CCG is responsible for ensuring patients have access to General Practice services and we are now taking steps to decide the best way to do this. This is the usual practice in the NHS when a contract comes to an end.  All patients for Conishead have been sent a survey asking for their views, and were also been invited to attend two patient information sessions taking place at Ryhope Community Centre on 17th July 2017.

The information collected through the survey and information sessions is currently being analysed, and will be uploaded here in the near future.

Conishead final report

Please find letters sent out to patients below:

CCG letters and FAQ- August 2017 – Easy Read

CCG Letter : October 2017 –  Easy Read.