North Herts Locality Group
There are 12 GP practices in the North Herts locality, covering the areas of Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock. They provide care for a population of around 113,000.
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Dr Tara Belcher
Prescribing: Dr Simon Chatfield
Long Term Conditions: Dr Simon Chatfield
Mental Health: Dr Natasha Larmie
Nurse Tutor: Bernadette Millwood
Patient Engagement: Dr Simon Chatfield
Pathology lead: Dr Matthew Jarvis
GP Workforce and Education Lead: Dr Richard Stanley
During 2016/17, the twelve practices in the North Herts locality led a number of projects to improve the health and wellbeing of their patients including:
Looking after frail and elderly patients
Around 1,000 patients in the North Herts locality live in care homes – higher than the CCG average. The locality has begun work to better support these elderly and frail patients and identify any additional services that are needed. New GP ward rounds in care homes have begun and practices have been working with the HomeFirst team to refine the identification of those who are most likely to benefit from closer ‘case management’ to help them remain as well and independent as possible.
Investing in GP services
The locality has committed funds to ensure that all practices can upskill non-clinical staff in order to release clinical staff to provide more patient care. Practices are using text and email, as well as the traditional landline telephone to communicate with patients and have enhanced their websites to provide quicker, more interactive and intuitive patient access to service information. This will be further enhanced to enable patients to contact services directly, where a professional’s referral is not required.
Locality practices have been promoting best use of NHS health services in Hertfordshire during the winter months and opened up additional appointments for patients to be seen at their local surgery and reduce demand on the emergency department at the Lister Hospital. Practices in North Herts continue to have the lowest A&E attendance rate in the CCG.
• Over 75’s Health Checks
• Winter Pressure Schemes
• Enhanced Commissioning Framework
• NHS Health Checks
• Care Homes Enhanced Service
• Map of Medicine
• Community Anti Coagulation Service
• Interface Care of the Elderly
• Skin Health Pathway
• Home First
Key health priorities
• Improvements of GP services
• Improving the quality of life for people with long term conditions
• Improve the care and reduce mortality and morbidity at East and North Herts Trust.