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Barnstaple Alliance - News and Current Projects


Barnstaple Alliance became a Primary Care Network on 1st July 2019.

What are primary care networks?
Primary care networks form a key building block of the NHS long-term plan. Bringing general practices together to work at scale has been a policy priority for some years for a range of reasons, including improving the ability of practices to recruit and retain staff; to manage financial and estates pressures; to provide a wider range of services to patients and to more easily integrate with the wider health and care system, voluntary sector and other organisations.

While GP practices have been finding different ways of working together over many years - for example in super-partnerships, federations, clusters and networks - the NHS long-term plan and the new GP contract, which took effect in April 2019, put a more formal structure around this way of working, but without creating new statutory bodies.

All GP practices are expected to come together in geographical networks covering populations of approximately 30-50,000 patients by July 2019 if they are to take advantage of additional funding attached to the GP contract. External Link image

What does this mean for Barnstaple?
The four practices that make up Barnstaple Alliance will still be independent practices but will work closer together to provide care for our 48,000 patients.

Our first joint venture is to employ a social prescribing co-ordinator and a clinical pharmacist to work across the 4 practices.

Current Projects

Information to follow.