Second GP consortium is revealed

A SECOND consortium of GPs’ practices in North Tyneside has been approved by the government as part of a major shake-up of the National Health Service.

It was among five new groups of GP practices in the north east announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley last week.

The latest five join the nine so-called pathfinder groups already revealed.

The two North Tyneside consortia, called Engage and CareFirst, are made up of 29 GPs’ practices between them.

The groups of doctors will work together – along with other NHS staff and local authorities – to manage their budgets and commission services.

Together with primary care organisations, the North East Strategic Health Authority is leading work to ensure a smooth transition to the future health systems and support the new pathfinders ahead of the change to the new way of working in April 2013.

Richard Barker, director of commissioning development at NHS North East, said: “The north east is in a very good position to embrace the changes ahead, and there is a very strong commitment from people working right across the region’s NHS to build a successful system for the future.

“Local GPs, nurses and hospital doctors are in the very best place to listen to the needs of their patients and make changes to improve the way we care for people, achieve better health outcomes and help the NHS deliver on the efficiency challenge.

“Along with all of our local partners, we are absolutely committed to ensuring robust arrangements are in place as the new system for commissioning takes shape and to ensure the best possible outcomes and experience for our local communities.”