NHS Leicester City CCG has appointed private healthcare organisation, Spirit Healthcare, to provide primary care services at three Leicester GP practices as part of its wider reprocurement process.
On 1 October, Leicester-based Spirit Healthcare went live with the new services, marking the start of its initial five-year APMS contracts.
A core tenet of the service model will be to empower patients to self manage and access primary care in a way that is convenient for them, providing online access to request appointments and seek advice.
Spirit Healthcare aims to make best use of innovative technology to provide immediate access to care and to best manage patients diagnosed with long-term conditions.
Longer-term, the intention is to provide more joined-up primary care, community nursing and specialist nursing services around the needs of patients, in the practices, in homes, and in the wider community.
Tim Loveridge, managing director of clinical services at Spirit Healthcare, said: “Over the past months we have been working with the CCG, regulators, surgery staff, and other local stakeholders, including patient participation groups to ensure as smooth a transition as possible from the previous providers.
“Our focus now is on developing these practices with our patients and with our staff. As an organisation, we are committed to delivering services of the highest standard and make the best use of NHS resources to help make the nation happier and healthier.”
Jude Smith, head of nursing at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, added: “It is an opportunity to look at different ways of working to remove artificial barriers that sit between organisations, and to explore how we can further refine integrated models of working.”