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New Collaborative Venture

Dear patients,

We would like to inform you about some changes ahead for us at the Highlands Practice, which we welcome as a very positive move in our ambition to serve you, at the heart of our community, both now and for a great many years to come.

You will be aware that general practice is under unprecedented pressure at present, locally and nationally, because of the increasing demand for our services at a time when the population is growing older, often with more complex health needs AND there are issues with both GP retention and recruitment.

Many GP practices are undertaking formal mergers with each other to pool their resources and long-term sustainability.

We have decided that this is not the right course for action for us, but we are planning to work much closer together with colleagues at both the Whiteley Surgery and Jubilee Surgery – with whom we have obviously been involved in providing the Same Day Access service and Home Visiting Service at Fareham Community Hospital.

As a result, we have entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with them, so that we work closer together in a number of areas to help improve services for you.

For us, this will formalise our existing working relationship to develop further improved services for patients and build greater resilience in our practices to meet the future challenges and demands on primary care services.  It will make us stronger and more efficient in our ways of working.


More importantly, how does this affect you?

The new arrangements mean we will still operate as an individual practice.  We will retain our name, The Highlands Practice, although all three practices will work under a new umbrella name of Sovereign Health Network, which was chosen by our staff.  We feel there are many benefits for you, including:

  • We will be in a strong position to meet the fast-changing demands of the NHS

  • There will be improved health outcomes for patients through better access to services and focus on prevention

  • Shared support working will mean we can better cover staff shortages in times of pressure – thereby better maintaining our services to you, such as the availability of appointments

  • Our ‘scale of business’ will allow for full diversification of the clinical workforce whilst maintaining good family medicine

  • Our new ability to create diverse clinical roles and specialist management roles will mean better retention and recruitment, particularly, we believe, of our GPs and nurses.

There are also big advantages for all our staff – both clinical and those valued colleagues who keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.  There is no threat to any jobs.

Across the UK, practices are transforming how GP services to meet the challenges of today.  Our three practices share the same vision to improve the care experiences of our patients where possible and working together collaboratively will increase our options of doing this.

If you have any concerns, please contact fao: Amanda Gray

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