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GP services within the 59 GP practices are provided through contracts. GP services are provided on a General Medical Services (GMS) or Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) contact and APMS contracts are time limited. Several APMS contracts in Walsall are due to come to an end in the first few months of 2018. APMS contracts have to go out to procurement and this can mean that the contract holder can change, although not necessarily the staff within the practice. Walsall CCG is therefore looking at them and considering how future services could look.
The APMS contracts with the GP practices include a number of services which are no longer offered, or are paid for in a different way, therefore the CCG would like to look whether the needs of the area have changed.
This pdf document (466 KB) describes the options for the future of these GP practices and asks for your views.
The GP practices affected are:
|GP Practice||Address||Number of patients|
|Manor Medical||Forrester Street, Walsall||3342|
|Wharf Family Practice||Pleck Road, Walsall||3205|
|Sai Medical Practice||Forrester Street, Walsall||3474|
|Blakenall Family Practice||Blakenall, Walsall||5643|
|Harden Family Practice||Harden Road, Bloxwich||3019|
|Coalpool Family Practice||Harden Road, Bloxwich||4144|
|Kingfisher Practice||Churchill Road, Walsall||4768|
|Keys Family Practice||Field Street, Willenhall||4808|
|Collingwood Family Practice||Collingwood Drive, Great Barr||5289|
The groups of people who may be affected are:
- The patients of these practices – approximately 37,700 people
- The staff at these practices
- The family and carers of patients at these practices
- The staff, patients, families and carers at practices nearby
- Local residents who may want to use these services in the future.
It is important that we have discussions and get feedback from these groups, we also welcome feedback and discussion with anyone who wishes to engage with us as part of this consultation. Therefore, we are offering patients in Walsall the chance to have their voice heard by completing our questionnaire.
The questionnaire seeks to gather the views of the public on possible changes and can be completed up until September 3rd. You can complete the questionnaire on walsallccg.nhs.uk.
We will also be holding four events where the public can engage with us and have their voices heard. The dates and venues for these events are as follows:
|14th August, 6.30pm - 8.30pm||Wharf Medical Practice, 145a Pleck Road, Walsall|
|16th August, 10am - 12pm||Blakenall Family Practice, 79 Thames Road, Walsall|
|22nd August, 6.30pm - 8.30pm||Keys Family Practice, Field Street, Willenhall|
|30th August, 2.30pm - 4.30pm||Kingfisher Practice, 157d Churchill Road, Walsall|
After we make our decision, we will need to begin a procurement process. This process will apply to all the practices which need new contracts. A procurement is a legally required formal process with rules that provides a fair way of choosing a contract holder.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is APMS and why are changes necessary?
Several APMS contracts in Walsall are due to come to an end in the first three months of 2018. APMS contracts have to go out to procurement and this can mean that the contract holder can change, although not necessarily the staff within the practice. Walsall CCG is therefore looking at them and deciding how future services could look.
Why are different areas affected in different ways?
The APMS contracts with the GP practices include a number of services which are no longer offered, or are paid for in a different way, therefore the CCG would like to look at whether the needs of the area have changed.
Will patients end up not having a GP if their practice closes?
Will evening and Saturday appointments be available at my practice in the future?
Walsall CCG will be working with our patients, practices and localities to design services that achieve 100% coverage of extended access (evening and weekend appointments) by no later than April 2019. By April 2019 the extended access arrangements will need to provide routine appointments in the evenings and on Saturday and Sundays. The proposal is that patients throughout Walsall will have access to ‘hub’ GP practices where they can go if they want an evening or weekend appointment.