Health

Public asked to help plan GP services in Oxfordshire

By John Charlton

Local GP practices have been working with Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and patient representatives on plans for the future of GP and primary care services in Oxfordshire.

Throughout the summer GP practices have joined others in Oxfordshire to talk about how they currently work, what problems they regularly face and how they could work better. GPs have also been talking to Patient Participation Groups to find out more about the patient experience, listening to what patients feel is important and their ideas for change.

From this ongoing engagement work with patients, GPs and clinicians have identified the challenges each locality faces, their priorities and how those priorities could be met.

Julie Dandridge, Head of Primary Care, Oxfordshire CCG, said ‘We would like to invite local residents to come and join us at some workshops to discuss in detail with doctors and NHS managers how GP and primary care services in their local area could be organised. We want to know from people, what works well at their GP practice at the moment. GP services are facing increased demand, recruitment difficulties and budget pressures, so we would like to understand from the public, how services could work better in the future’.

Further details of the events planned in Oxfordshire can be found at www.consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/LocalityPlansOxon

Each event will include a short presentation followed by round table discussions.
To book your place and get more information please email cscsu.talkinghealth@nhs.net or call 01865 334638