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Leading GP innovator visits our site in West Cheshire

by Chris Cunniff

A cutting-edge innovator who has led improvements to GP services in one of London’s most deprived areas visited the NHS Property Services owned site; The 1829 Building in Chester, to support the local CCGs drive to transform care.

The 1829 Building was named after the year it opened and historically was a mental health facility. Today, NHS Property Services leases the building to a number of NHS organisations for office space, including West Cheshire CCG, who invited Sir Sam Everington to the site to speak on primary care reform – a key element of the local West Cheshire Way vision.

Sir Sam Everington speaking at the West Cheshire Senate

As part of his visit, the chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group spoke at the West Cheshire Senate about how sweeping healthcare change has been introduced in East London.

Sir Sam, the first medic on the scene at Tavistock Square following the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005, said: “Change is all about being bold and recognising that some things are so logical that you’ve just got to get on and do it. Leadership and relationship-building are key though. If you want to take people with you then you have to be able to articulate the need for change and explain why it’s a win-win for everybody – clinicians, patients and the wider health economy.

“A major success story in Tower Hamlets has been the introduction of social prescribing. This means involving people more in the planning of their care and connecting them to up to 1,500 other organisations in the area for advice on issues such as housing and employment. The GPs love it because it fits in neatly with their clinical record systems and the patients love it because it provides a more holistic approach and helps to tackle their real needs.”

Much of the approach taken to transforming care in Tower Hamlets is being mirrored locally by the West Cheshire Way. The West Cheshire Way is a system-wide vision for how care will be delivered to the people of West Cheshire over the next five to 10 years. More information can be found at: https://www.westcheshireccg.nhs.uk/