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 Fabio Macedo as our new PCN Clinical Pharmacist. He previously worked as a community pharmacist for 3 or so years. He states that “it is a pleasure to join the team at Bridge Medical and I look forward to offering pharmaceutical related advice, not only to the clinical team, but the community too. On a personal level, I have a strong interest in sport (especially Formula 1) and enjoy travelling, socialising and playing video games! “
We welcome Kayleigh Platts as one of our two new PCN care coordinators. Kayleigh states “ I previously worked as a healthcare support worker in the community for SASH@Home and as a Nursing Assistant on AMU at East Surrey Hospital, so the role of Care Coordinator is quite a change but an exciting one. The staff here at Bridge have taken me under their wings and are incredibly friendly and supportive. I have 2 children aged 12 and 8 who keep me busy outside of work. I also have a wonderful group of friends who I love to spend time with. We often go for dinner, attend events and we try to go away once a year for a few days to recharge together. I try to enjoy all aspects of life and en-joy pushing my own limits.”
We welcome Sarah Callaghan as our second new PCN Care coordinator. Sarah states ,“Having previously worked in an emergency department for over 10 years I was very excited to work here at Bridge Medical Centre and start a completely different job role. All the team here are lovely and friendly and have welcomed me with open arms since the beginning. I am originally from Lingfield but moved to Crawley in 2010 and have two children aged 8 and 3 who keep me on my toes! I love going to the theatre, trying new foods and enjoy days out with the family.”
In addition we will have a new Reception Administrator starting soon, and we will have more news about them in the next issue.
Sadly we said good bye to Eva, our PCN dietician and Wegdan our PCN clinical pharmacist. We wish them both all the best.