GP Practices in North Powys Cluster
North Powys Primary Care Cluster is made up of 7 GP Practices - Llanidloes, Newtown, Dyfi Valley, Montgomery, Welshpool, Llanfair Caerrenion and Llanfellin, with a combined list size of approdimately 64,000 patients. There are also 8 Pharmacists, 7 Optometry Practices, 9 Dental Practices and 3 Community Dental Services in the Cluster.
The Cluster has identified two local pathways needs that need to be a Year One Priority. These are the delivery of an in-county Sexual Health service and the development of an early recognition and intervention service for young people with Mental Health symptoms.
Introduction of Physician Associates to support GPs
Introduction of local Dermatology Outpatient Services
Looking at alternative disciplines i.e. Urgent Care Practitioners (UCPs)
Introduction of local British Pregnancy Advisory Services
Introduction of telephone triage in some practices
Introduction of Health Board Silver Cloud online CBT system to support GP Practices and Community Mental Health services.
Introduction of 3rd sector community connectors, attached to each practice to support statutory service providers.
Strong body looking at bringing patient services back into the locality i.e. repatriation of mental health service.
Involvement in the planning of the Health & Wellbeing Hub in Newtown; a project, which will hopefully allow for the provision of services for patients closer to home. This will also help patients seek advice and help from the 3rd sector and Powys County Council to attempt to decrease unnecessary GP appointments.
Appropriate level representation from all partner organisations is a priority going forward and will be in line with the PTHB across all three Clusters.
Expansion of the Pharmacy Team to support sustainability in line with the Transformation bid.
Expansion of the Triage system
Develop a system for the development and mentoring of members of the multi-disciplinary teams both within Cluster practices and in conjunction with Glyndwr University.