NICS is the GP Federation in North West Surrey, which consists of 40 GP practices who have agreed to work together to improve access to primary care appointments for the benefit of our patients.
Why has NICs Federation formed?
With the combination of a growing population, people living longer and a higher than average elderly population managing multiple medical conditions, GP practices need to find more efficient ways of working so that we can continue to provide high quality care to our patients despite the growth in demand.
The traditional primary care model is becoming increasingly unsustainable and it is important that we work together to protect and enhance the valuable services we provide as part of the NHS.
What can NICs do?
The remit of a GP Federation is generally to share responsibility for delivering high quality, patient-focussed services for its communities. This can include developing services specifically to suit local needs which are more easily commissioned ‘at scale’ – i.e. across a number of towns/districts.
Federations can submit bids to deliver services which are already part of primary care services, or that could be delivered in the future. GP Federations improve service integration between practices and providers which improves the quality and safety of services.
This model, supported in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, provides opportunities for economies of scale. This includes minimising duplication of effort on areas practices currently deal with individually such as back office functions and the procurement of practice services. It will also enable the development of centralised training and education.
NICS Management Structure
The daily business of NICS is run by aboard of directors on behalf of it’s members. The board members are as follows:
Dr C. Baker – CEO
I qualified from St Bartholomew’s Medical School in 1994. I trained as a GP in Stevenage, and worked in Hertfordshire for 10 years. After 3 years in the USA I returned to the UK moving to Surrey. I have been working at Southview Medical Practice in Woking for 7 years, 5 years as a partner. I have a special interest in gynaecology (having worked with local gynaecology consultants in community clinics over a number of years), and also family planning and child’s health. I helped set up NICS GP federation in 2016 and have worked as it’s CEO since then. I strongly believe that to enable a sustainable future for general practice, GPs need to work together and with the wider community, always putting the patient at the heart of what we do.
Dr L. Roberts – Chair
Dr M. Kanagasundaram – Governance Lead
Dr N. Jesshop
Dr N. Mantel-Cooper
I have been a GP Partner at Chertsey a Health Centre for 19years. I am a GP trainer and do 2 sessions a week as a triager for North West Surrey Referral Support Services.
I an inaugural Director of NICs and am passionate about improving GP workload and patient care by working at scale and embracing new ways of working with other provider organisations to keep the NHS afloat in these difficult times!
Dr Z. Griffths – Safeguarding Lead
G. Roe – Business Manager
N. Glynn – HR and Complaints Lead