The options for a future service
The temporary contract with Oaklands Health Service ends on 31st March 2020 and the CCG now needs to make a decision on future services for patients of The Nook Group practice .
The CCG also has to take into account NHS guidance which sets out 3 possible options for securing GP services for patients in this situation. The guidance options are:
To extend the current contract
To identify a new provider
To disperse patients to other GP practices
We have considered extending the contract with Oaklands Health Centre, but we know that Oaklands Health Centre only agreed to provide the services on a temporary basis and have other commitments that prevent them from providing a quality service to the Nook Group Practice patients. This means the CCG now has only 2 options. It is these 2 options that the CCG need to consider. The 2 options are set out below in more detail;
Option 1: The CCG will look for someone else to provide GP services (a new service provider).
The CCG will try to find a GP willing to take on The Nook Group practice. As there are less than 3500 people registered with the practice, this is a small patient list size. The average list size in Greater Huddersfield is 6700 patients.
This means the CCG will try their best to find a new provider and set out what they want a new provider to deliver. If the CCG do find a new provider it could mean changes to the current service, including location. The CCG will need to take this into account if they go with this option.
Option 2: Close The Nook Group Practice and support patients to register with another practice. This option is known as ‘list dispersal.’
If the CCG is unable to find a suitable provider for The Nook Group practice patients, or no providers come forward, the CCG will have no choice but to close the surgery.
Patients will have to register with a local GP practice. If this happens the CCG will write to all patients to explain what they need to do, including which local GP practices are available. We will support patients to register.
The CCG now need to consult on both options to ensure a decision can be made. The CCG wants to reassure patients that they will continue to receive GP services, whichever option is decided. We would be grateful if you could complete the survey to tell us your views. The closing date for this survey is Monday 21st October 2019
What happens after the consultation?
Following the consultation the CCG will use the feedback to help make a final decision on the future of the The Nook Group practice.
The CCG will contact registered patients of The Nook Group Practice in autumn 2019 with the decision and any next steps. Information will be made available on the practice website, in the practice waiting room and a report of findings from the consultation will be published on the CCG website: www.greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk/get-involved
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey, your views are important to us.