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Our plans

Improving access to care

Central London CCG is committed to improving access to primary care, so that our patients will find it easier to get a GP appointment that fits in with their busy working week and family commitments.

We are also working to provide seven day primary care and hospital services across the borough. More information can be found below:

Prime Minister's Challenge Fund

In April 2014, Central London CCG was successful in its bid for £5m in funding from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund (PMCF).

The PMCF scheme invited CCGs across the UK to bid for funding which has been set aside to support bold innovations in the provision of patient care.

There are 35 Central London practices participating in the PMCF, covering a total population of 190,000.

£520,000 has been made available to Central London’s GP Federation to measurably improve urgent care, continuity care, and convenient care.

Money is also being invested in making access times in Central London more convenient.

Four practices in Central London now provide a weekend walk-in clinic, offering same day appointments with both GPs and nurses, available for eight hours on Saturday and Sunday. Two practices offer appointments from 8am-4pm, and two practices offer appointments from 10am-6pm.

Another important development is that many Central London practices are now using technology-based schemes to give patients more flexible GP access: 

  • 19 practices provide phone consultations for situations where a physical, face-to-face assessment is not required
  • 17 practices allow residents to book appointments over the internet
  • 21 practices offer longer appointments where needed
  • Following an exciting scheme which was piloted at the Cavendish Medical Centre in 2014, Central London CCG will be working with local GPs to give patients non-physical medical consultations using Skype video conferencing
  • Plans are also underway for patients to have online access to their own medical records via a computer or their smartphone.

North West London seven day services

We are working with our North West London colleagues to deliver high quality seven day services, and collectively we have been selected as one of 13 ‘early adopter’ health communities across England to work with NHS Improving Quality to develop new models for seven day services which will push the boundaries and start to shape a new direction for the future.

Ours is one of the biggest initiatives of its kind, covering 1.9million people and involving more than 400 GP practices, ten hospital trusts, eight boroughs, and four community or mental health trusts. 

The CCG will be working with partners from across the whole system, including Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, to meet the national clinical standards for seven day services, in order to ensure a high-quality service is consistently provided seven days a week.  

Improved estates

Central London CCG is investing in the buildings and space needed to bring more services out of hospital in to locations that are closer to patients’ homes.