From 10 May 2019, GP services at the Randolph GP Surgery in Maida Vale will be provided by AT Medics Ltd following the decision by the current practice management to hand back their contract to NHS England. The Central London Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Primary Care Commissioning Committee approved the appointment for care taking responsibilities at its meeting on 20 March. The arrangements will come into effect when the current contract ends on 9 May 2019. AT Medics Ltd will manage the practice and continue services as normal, whilst the CCG undertakes a formal process to secure a permanent provider.
The decision to appoint AT Medics Ltd followed a period of engagement with patients and local stakeholders to determine whether the practice should be maintained as a single practiced or whether patients should instead, be taken on by other nearby practices. The overwhelming response was for the practice to continue to offer services rather than for the patient list to be dispersed.
Elizabeth Woolf, patient and Chair of the Patient Participation Group at the Randolph GP Surgery, who was part of the panel who procured AT Medics Ltd, said:
“I was pleased to be invited, together with two other members of our patient group to participate in the process of recruiting a new provider. The views of patients are very important and I would like to thank the CCG for ensuring that active patient involvement was seen as an essential part of the procurement process. Colleagues and I on the PPG look forward to working closely with AT Medics as they prepare to take over the practice and thereafter”.
Olivia Clymer, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Central West London, was also positive about the involvement of the local community in the change:
“This was an exemplary process of engagement. Members of the local community have contacted Healthwatch independently and commented positively about the way this process has been handled.”
Dr Neville Purssell of Central London Clinical Commissioning Group said, “We are pleased that we been able to work with practice staff and patients to find a solution to ensure that patients can continue to receive services most convenient to where they live. We will continue to engage as we seek to confirm a permanent provider to run the practice”.