‘’SGPA, SCAS and STFT continue to work collaboratively on the development of a GP led home visiting service. Where GP will support the existing Recovery at Home team to enable them to undertake more home visits with GP back up and support. A controlled roll out of this service is planned with 10 GP practices in Sunderland during November / December, this will facilitate better understanding of possible demand and capacity moving forward.

Although a significant amount of interest has been expressed by both practices and individuals to be part of this service, confirmed commitment is taking longer to secure largely due, unsurprisingly, to the pressures already experienced by GPs and practices. Part of this service development will be to consider other recruitment options and make recommendations for the future workforce development.

Tracy Pitcher, contract manager with SGPA currently works 2 days per week to support this initiative and her focus during November will be to visit all the GP practices in Sunderland to discuss the changes to the current RAH service and to answer any questions.

For further details regarding this please contact Karen Swaile or Tracy Pitcher SGPA.

Enhanced Primary Care Evaluation
Cordis Bright have been asked to complete the 3rd and final year of the ATB Sunderland Vanguard evaluation; a requirement for workstream 3 Enhanced Primary Care Implementation Group members is to provide names of those stakeholders who have contributed in some way to the various services and projects that have been developed. The person who is leading the evaluation for this particular workstream is called Hannah Spencer, she may call you directly to ask if you would be willing to participate.’’