Primary care networks created for North Kirklees

Primary care networks created for North Kirklees

HEALTH bosses have approved the registration of four primary care networks in North Kirklees.

It’s part of a long-term vision for health and social care in the district set out in the Kirklees Health and Wellbeing Plan and the NHS Long-term Plan.

The primary care networks – approved by the North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) last week – will be made up of GP practices, community services, social care and other resources. 

Each network has a designated Clinical Director to coordinate better provision of health services within their area.

The four in North Kirklees are: Spen (director Dr Imad Riaz) consisting of Cleckheaton Group Practice, Cook Lane, Liversedge Medical Centre, Parkview, Greenway, Brookroyd House and Undercliffe Surgery.

Batley and Birstall (Dr C Ratcliffe): Cherry Tree, Kirkgate, Broughton House, Batley Health Centre, Grove House, Wellington House, Blackburn Road and Mount Pleasant.

Three Centres (Dr M Hussain): Dr Mahmood & Partners, Calder View, Eightlands, North Road, Mirfield Health Centre.

Dewsbury and Thornhill (Dr Indira Kasibhatia): Savile Town Medical Centre, Thornhill Lees, The Paddock, Albion Mount, New Brewery Lane, Windsor, Healds Road Surgery.

Five primary care networks will be introduced in Huddersfield.

Catherine Wormstone, head of primary care for the CCGs, said: “The establishment of primary care networks marks one of the most significant changes in GP services over the past decade.

“The networks, along with the increased financial investment being made available, will be essential to the delivery of strong, sustainable primary care in Kirklees and the achievement of the ambitions set out in the NHS Long-term Plan.

“In approving the registration of the networks, we acknowledge the efforts made by staff in our GP practices and CCG practice support team who have helped us to get to this important point in the process.”

Following their registration, primary care networks will be expected to set out their plans to support the implementation of the five-year framework for GP contract reform, starting with changes in a number of key areas from this July. 

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