View from our Chair – Dr John Ribchester
“Our Encompass MCP Vanguard has now been in existence for 2 years. A lot of that time has been spent developing the various initiatives which are beginning to improve clinical and social care for our population. I’d like to tell you about two significant steps which have been taken recently, and will increase the pace of change.
Firstly, the Encompass core partners have unanimously and collectively taken the decision to form the Encompass Alliance. This means that the GP practices, Canterbury and Coastal CCG, EKHUFT, KCHFT, KMPT and KCC have agreed to work collaboratively on our new care model for community health and care. An Encompass Strategic Alliance Leadership Team and Operational Management Team have been set up.
Secondly, the Encompass GP practices have voted unanimously to form a GP Partnership. The purpose of this is to sustain and develop our GP practices, working together at scale in newly developed local care systems to improve clinical quality and outcomes for our patients.
Thus Encompass is moving from a time of development to one of more rapid delivery. There is much change ahead of us. The real test will be how this feels different for our population, and our colleagues.
I feel optimistic that these two exciting developments will make this difference.”
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