The NHS is changing as it seeks to respond to the challenges of today’s healthcare.
We live longer, with complex health issues, and this is placing a strain on our National Health Service. Sunderland GP Alliance exists to help meet these challenges: by working collaboratively at scale, we facilitate the delivery of standard and complex, system based, proactive and sustainable primary care to the residents of the city.
Standard and Complex Care
Sunderland GP Alliance believes in providing high quality care wrapped around patients. Healthcare services should be seamlessly integrated so that patients only have to tell their story once, and are not aware of organisational boundaries. Services should be provided in a place that’s convenient for users, in local clinics where appropriate, or utilising the latest technology to deliver care in patients’ homes where possible. General Practice should be evolving to meet the changing healthcare landscape, reflecting the increase in multiple long term conditions within the community.
System Based Care
Everyone in Sunderland is entitled to the same high quality of care regardless of where they live or how they access services. Sunderland GP Alliance works hard to ensure this is realised, and partners with member practices to facilitate enhanced levels of care that can’t be achieved by individual practices alone for reasons of scale. Wherever possible, we engage with other third and public sector organisations to address the wider determinants of health.
Prevention is better than cure, and self-care is often peoples’ preferred method of accessing care. As such, Sunderland GP Alliance seeks to deliver health promotion and disease prevention initiatives, and facilitate self-care through the promotion of self-help advice. Equally, the Alliance looks to develop new solutions to changing patient demand by assessing patients needs against current service provision.
The media is full of stories of the crises facing general practice. Sunderland GP Alliance is part of the solution and is intent on facilitating a more flexible and resilient general practice sector. Workforce initiatives that help address capacity issues and shortages of GPs and other health professions are high on the list of priorities, as are programmes of work that react to an ever hardening fiscal environment. Group buying deals that utilise the combined purchasing power of all our member practices are one such opportunity.