Bridge Medical Centre
Bridge Medical Centre is committed to providing and improving patient centred care with a personalised and holistic approach to our patients.
We aspire to implement Best Practice and value continuous learning for all our staff, ensuring we are safe and effective.
Our emphasis is to ensure high quality care to all our patients by advocating a team approach.
We also recognise the importance of the patient’s journey and patient experience and seek to improve this by listening to and involving our patients.
The whole practice has a shared vision and ethos to maintain these values through a strong and dynamic leadership process.
Primary Care Networks
Since the NHS was created in 1948, the population has grown and people are living longer. Many people are living with long-term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease or suffer with mental health issues and may need to access their local health services more often.
To meet these needs, GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs).
PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve.
Each of the 1,250 PCNs across England are based on GP registered patient lists, typically serving natural communities of between 30,000 to 50,000 people (with some flexibility). They are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both people and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between GP practices and others in the local health and social care system.
PCNs are led by clinical directors who may be a GP, general practice nurse, clinical pharmacist or other clinical profession working in general practice.
Over 99% of general practices are part of a PCN, who sign up to the Network Contact DES which details their core requirements and entitlements.
So, who is in our Primary Care Network?
We are delighted to have teamed up with Langley Corner Surgery, Leacroft Medical Practice and Southgate Medical Group all based in Crawley. We have collaborated on a large number of projects, not the least the engagement of Additional Roles for our Practices which have included Pharmacists, First Contact Physiotherapists, Children & Young Peoples Counsellor, Social Prescribing Link Worker with more to follow. All these new roles have been facilitated by Alliance for Better Care (ABC) Federation with whom we are all members.
For more information, please visit www.crawleycarecollaborative.gpweb.org.uk.
We welcome Lewis Daines as our new Advanced Clinical Practitioner. Lewis has being working as a nurse for 10 years. Lewis started off as nurse in trauma and orthopaedics and then shortly after that went into General practice. He has recently moved to Crawley with his wife and two children. Lewis states “I would like to say I have lots of hobbies but I don't, unless picking up after the children counts! I would just like to say thank you for the very warm welcome and all the support everyone has given me so far.”
We welcome Millie Burridge as our new PCN Development Paramedic. She will be working at the Practice every Monday and Tuesday.
Sadly we have to say good bye to Jackie our Practice Business Manager at the end of July. She is taking up a new role with Alliance for Better Care CIC (ABC) as Head of Practice Support.
Sadly we will say good bye to Dr Jhansi Kamalakannan at the end of August.
Dr Jhansi states “ I started working as a salaried GP at BMC, then became a partner for the last 10 years. During this time, I worked with some fantastic colleagues and great patients. I enjoyed every bit of my job and served to the best of my abilities. I believe it’s time to move on to face fresh challenges and wish the team the very best. I would like to thank all staff and all my patients who were very patient with me. “
We wish them both all the best.