‘Step change’ indispensable in building GP clusters, says report

Media captionDr Huw Parry, partner at the New Surgery in Pencoed, explains how the cluster works

There is still a prolonged way to go to rise clusters of doctors’ surgeries opposite Wales, according to the assembly’s health committee.

The 64 clusters not only bring internal GPs together but pharmaceutical, physiotherapy and counselling services.

AMs wish a rested proceed to safeguard the “right services are being delivered in the right areas in the right way.”

Their report highlights good examples where closer operative had helped patients and also saved resources.

But 7 years after the first clusters were due and 3 years given they were set up, it pronounced there was “still some way to go” and called for a “step-change” in how clusters are developed.

“A pivotal reason behind the origination of primary caring clusters is to soothe vigour on GPs and on the hospitals by gripping critical health services closer to home in people’s communities,” pronounced Dr Dai Lloyd AM, the committee’s chairman.

“But we have found singular justification demonstrating that this is happening opposite Wales’s 64 clusters.”

Each cluster links up doctors and health services opposite villages, towns and areas of cities with populations of between 30,000 and 50,000 patients.


One of those operative good is the Pen-y-Bont cluster in easterly Bridgend, which serves some-more than 70,000 patients.

Six surgeries in Bridgend, which includes some-more than 35 doctors operative closely together, share imagination and have progressed to the indicate where they work as a federation, the first in Wales.

This has led to a corner mental health counselling service for adults being set up. Before this, patients were customarily referred to charities for help and could face watchful lists and were also adding to GP appointments.

The association is also in talks with the internal health house about providing a diabetes service and has successfully tendered to yield GP services at circuitously Parc Prison.

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GPs and use managers assembly in Bridgend

The cluster also has a clinical pharmacist Neil Sugden who helps with patients and also better medicine management.

“We know we save GP-time and the role has an impact on prescribing efficiencies,” he said.

“We’re interlude medicines when they’re not effective. At the finish of the last financial year, the easterly Bridgend cluster saved £600,000 on its prescribing bill which was a substantial reduction.”

Dr Huw Parry, partner at the New Surgery in Pencoed, pronounced the surgeries could also pool dilettante knowledge.

“Between us we can lift two or 3 doctors with the imagination to yield a service,” he said.

“We’re looking to take bigger things on, we’re looking to the hospitals to see what work we can take from them.”

But he pronounced there was still a need for appropriation to “follow the patient” if the cluster takes on some-more dilettante work.

Elsewhere, some GPs and other health professionals pronounced they struggled to be concerned in clusters since of severe work pressures and worries they would remove time with patients.

Among 16 recommendations, the cabinet wants a clearer instruction from the Welsh Government and a inhabitant campaign to explain to the open the advantages of cluster operative and how best to entrance the services within them.

Dr Charlotte Jones, president of the BMA’s GPs cabinet in Wales, pronounced the thought and element was good and clusters were starting to make a disproportion but prolonged term appropriation indispensable to be guaranteed.

She pronounced there was also infrequently too much red fasten at a health house turn which stopped some clusters from developing.

The Welsh Government pronounced it would consider the report carefully.

“The health secretary will write to the cabinet environment out his response to any of the recommendations in due course,” pronounced a spokesman.

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