This morning, Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health), Simon Stevens and George Osborne visited Streatham High Practice, one of three practices in Lambeth managed by AT Medics. The ministers and NHS chief executive were keen to meet Dr Hasnain Abbasi, GP Director and governing body member of NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group to see how a Care Quality Commission “Outstanding” rated practice continues to deliver exceptional care in such challenging times.
During the visit, Dr Abbasi explained the steps Lambeth is taking to integrate care, with examples such as the GP Access Hub, a new initiative of four hubs across Lambeth, resourced through the Prime Ministers Challenge Fund, which provides GP and nurse appointments seven days a week until 8pm each evening. He also discussed the Lambeth approach to integrating records and the Federation structures which support localised care programmes.
The visitors were also very interested to learn about the innovations that AT Medics has introduced to Primary Care such as its GP Frontline triaging and consultation methodology, developed and deployed across its practices around London, enabling greater and more rapid access to care.
Jeremy Hunt said he was extremely impressed by Streatham High Practice and AT Medics’ pioneering contributions to NHS Primary Care.