Statement on Slaidburn Country Practice
Slaidburn Country Practice is a small, rural GP Practice in the Ribble Valley. It serves approximately 1,100 patients. The size and location of the practice means that we as commissioners as well as the providers of the service need to carefully plan and ensure that care is given in the best way possible to patients. The practice has historically received additional funding due to its rural isolation and size. This has been a higher funding amount than for other practices in urban and more deprived areas which typically experience a greater demand.
Unfortunately, even with this additional funding, the current provider of the GP service at the practice, despite their efforts, has struggled to remain financially viable and has served notice for the contract to end on 30 September 2019.
The relatively small patient list size means that in order to be financially viable, any provider would have to be creative about how it delivers the service. This would include considering the amount of GP time that was required, to meet the needs of the population. Any GP time would need to be complemented with expertise from other health professionals and opportunities through emerging digital technologies. We have invited GP providers to bid for and secure the service for Slaidburn Country Practice and hope to attract bidders with creative approaches.
We value our GPs and the services they provide; they play an important role improving the health and wellbeing of people and communities. We anticipate that this process will conclude on Friday 30 August 2019 and we are hopeful that we will be able to find a new provider for the practice
Dr Richard Robinson, local GP and Chair of the CCG said:
“The health and wellbeing of local people is at the heart of our approach to providing GP services in communities. Locally, people are understandably passionate about the future of the practice. No one wishes to see the loss of a much valued GP service in Slaidburn, and we are working hard to ensure that this doesn’t happen. We do see this as an opportunity to be creative and innovative in response to the challenge we face, and in doing so provide a service that not only ensures continuity but meets the health needs of local people.”