Bexley Health Neighbourhood Care (BHNC) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) which has 25 member GP practices covering 242,062 patients. Whilst it is a not-for-profit organisation, the member practices are independent organisations working together to develop local primary care.
BHNC was created to:
Collaborate with the member practices to solve local issues at scale rather than at practice level
Provide a service where GPs can collaborate in a way that is open, transparent and democratic
Provide management, skill and expertise at scale rather than at practice level which may be otherwise difficult to finance
Main areas of activity are:
1. Patient Services
BHNC CIC oversees the following services:
GP Practice services at Bursted Wood Surgery
Extended GP 8 to 8 Programme – extra primary care appointments in the evening, at weekends and Bank Holidays
Award winning patient education and support programme, for people living with diabetes in Bexley. Through the provision of a recognised structured education programme, the diabetes team help support patients from diagnosis through to long term management to gain a better understanding of diabetes and promote self management. Please visit the diabetes page of this website for further information.
Pharmacist Pilot Scheme and Care Home Pilot Scheme: The Federation is currently moving the pharmacy pilot scheme to the Primary Care Network Pharmacists. This will replace the existing Pilot Scheme. The Federation will maintain the care home pilot scheme in the short term while the Primary Care Networks are forming
Referral Management Service: The Federation is working with the Primary Care Network and General Practitioners to replace the current service run by BHL. For any discussions you wish to have around the referral service, please email Darren Blake (email@example.com)
2. Training and Education
The Federation hosts Bexley Training Hub which provides a variety of training programmes for both staff and patients.
We also provide diabetes education to practices, through structured education events, CPD and consultant led virtual clinics, which has allowed Bexley to progress further than neighbouring boroughs, to bring patient care closer to home, through highly skilled diabetes teams in each practice. This allows for better access for patients and more appropriate treatments. More information on this can be found on the diabetes page of this website.
3. Supporting the General Practices
Supporting complex service changes through collaboration between groups of practices or the transfer of work from hospitals into the community
Leading a Bexley wide workforce development programme including GP recruitment and retention, support for salaried and locum GPs, practice managers, nurses, administration staff and other healthcare professionals
Delivering general practice services where it is sensible for one organisation to take a lead
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