Wirral GP Commissioning Consortium
About the WGPCC
Every GP practice on Wirral is a member of the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), a new organisation established as part of the reorganisation of NHS structures undertaken in response to the Health & Social Care Act 2012. Each practice is also a member of a local consortium of which there are 3: Wirral GP Commissioning Consortium (WGPCC), Wirral Health Commissioning Consortium (WHCC), and Wirral Alliance Commissioning Consortium (WACC).
Kings Lane Medical Practice is a member of the Wirral GP Commissioning Consortium (WGPCC), which represents 26 GP practices and a population of 125,000. WGPCC member practices have chosen to work together to commission or buy services that will improve the health and wellbeing of their patient population. Most of these practices have been working together as a group since 2006 and have developed a good knowledge of the needs of their patients, and an understanding of how healthcare locally can and should be improved.
From April 2013, WGPCC has been wholly responsible for designing local health services for the patient population we serve.
Our vision is to:
Improve the health and wellbeing of all our population and, in doing so, to reduce health inequalities. We will do this by assessing the needs of our population and commissioning high quality, value for money services that address those needs. We will work in partnership with patients, communities and local agencies to nurture innovation and achieve the best possible outcomes.
Some of our achievements to date include:
- Admissions Prevention and Discharge Facilitation Service – a nurse-led service that adopts a case management approach, working with a range of agencies to keep people out of hospital.
- Minor Injury and Illness Service – a drop-in service delivered across two community locations, offering access to a nurse without an appointment, seven days a week, for patients needing advice and treatment for minor injuries or illnesses.
- Teledermatology – an innovative new service to look at moles and skin lesions and get an expert opinion from a Consultant remotely, to avoid a patient having to go to hospital unnecessarily.
- Additional investment in primary care mental health, diagnostics, physiotherapy and podiatry in a range of GP practice locations.
- Patient Council established representing our GP practices, to enable representatives from practices’ patient groups to meet to learn more about, and have a say in commissioning local services.
Our priorities are to:
- Work with partners to maintain and develop effective, high quality services that deliver health and wellbeing improvement.
- Make services more accessible and closer to patients’ homes.
- Target inequalities through effective assessment and profiling of health need.
- Ensure commissioned services work together to provide a seamless journey for patients.