Family doctors across Fylde and Wyre have signed up to a new agreement to make sure local patients receive a consistent and high quality standard of care.

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has worked with local GP practices to develop the new GP Quality Contract, which offers funding to doctors who agree to deliver services as detailed within the contract.

All GP practices receive a set amount of money from the Government to provide care to their patients and the new contract will provide a ‘top up’ for those signing up, meaning they will receive a total of £91 per patient.

Under previous top up contract arrangements, practices in Fylde and Wyre had received a varying amount.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer for Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “In the face of national cuts to primary care this contract will make sure that general practice is financially stable over the next few years.

Naughton, Tony (in practice)“Previously the amount of money being received by practices was inequitable across Fylde and Wyre but by developing the GP Quality Contract we can guarantee the same services will be available across all practices.

“This will make sure general practice services are of the right quality and as a CCG we can now specify the care we expect from practices.”

Dr Naughton, who is also a practicing GP in Thornton, added: “This will make sure that as many people as possible will be treated in the community, rather than having to go into hospital care.

“This is all part of the bigger strategy that people get consistent levels of care wherever they go in Fylde and Wyre.”


Notes:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.