The Horsham, Crawley and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group are conducting a survey to find out your views on extending GP services. Have a read of their statement below and click the link to complete the survey.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) plan and buy healthcare services for the local population in your area.
National funding is available from 2018 to improve access to GP services. This includes ensuring that everyone has more convenient access to GP services, including a mixture of same day and routine appointments, on weekday evenings after 6.30pm, and at weekends based on local needs. This piece of work is known as ‘delivering extended access to GP services’.
As local CCGs we are currently considering how best to deliver extended access in your area so that it meets the needs of our population; is affordable and is realistically deliverable within the budget we have been allocated to provide this additional service. There is a national and local shortage of GPs and other clinicians who work in general practice. This means that extended access services could be provided at a venue other than your own surgery and that you may not see your own GP or even a GP from your usual practice. Should that GP need to access your medical records, your consent will be sought when you book the appointment.
The CCGs would like to find out more about your views on extending access to GP services in the evenings and at weekends.
By completing the survey you have the opportunity to tell us:
- How likely you are to access GP appointments in the evenings and weekends.
- The kind of services you might want to use in the evenings and weekends.
- Whether you would consider alternatives to face to face consultations.
In deciding what level of extended access provision is needed for the local population, the CCGs will consider the responses to this survey, alongside evidence of how GP appointments are currently used; current levels of usage of other services during extended access periods such as GP Out-of-Hours, A&E and local urgent treatment centres/minor injuries units. We will also look at intelligence from neighbouring CCGs on their experience of delivering extended access and nationally available evidence where these approaches have been piloted. All of this information will help to inform how extended access is provided in your local area.
The survey will take around 5 minutes to complete and is anonymous.