Posted on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in News.
A bidding process is set to get underway to find new providers to deliver healthcare to thousands of patients at eight current city GP practices
The practices affected are as follows:
Following consultation with patients, one provider is to be sought for Rushey Mead Health Centre, with the two practices coming together as one.
Meanwhile, a single provider is also wanted for a new combined contract for St Matthews Health and Community Centre and the SSAFA-operated practice at the Merlyn Vaz Health and Social Care Centre. This again follows consultation with patients, and services will continue to be offered from both locations. The chosen provider will also run the city’s fourth healthcare hub at the Merlyn Vaz Health and Social Care Centre, which will replace the existing walk-in centre later this year.
All of the remaining practices will be procured as stand-alone contracts. It is expected that new contracts will commence at all of the practices from 1st October 2017.
“Together with the patients we have been keen to bring together the Rushey Mead practices for some time and this procurement gives us the opportunity to do just that.
“Similarly, following consultation with patients, it makes sense to bring together the St Matthews and SSAFA Merlyn Vaz contracts. They are located relatively close by, and a single provider will mean that patients should have the flexibility to use services across both locations. The new provider will also be able to think innovatively about how it uses doctors’, nurses’ and other staff time across both sites.”
Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group is the organisation responsible for planning and managing GP services in Leicester City, with responsibility delegated to it by NHS England since 1st April 2015.