The four practices in Rugeley have been selected to develop a new approach to primary care. Under the banner of Aspire Integrated Rugeley (AIR), the four surgeries in the area will be aiming to provide a more personalised service for patients. AIR covers a population of 33,000 and put forward one of 15 successful applications out of 75 national bids to join the scheme. It will be supported by GP First Federation in developing the new approach to primary care in line with the ambitions of NHS England’s Five Year Forward project.
Strong links between the four practices in Rugeley have already been enhanced by ‘collaborative working’ and will be further developed by ‘closer integration of all members of our Rugeley community’. The move follows the launch at the National Association of Primary Care’s annual conference in October of the Primary Care Model Rapid Test Site Programme. The aim is to ‘strengthen and focus primary care around the health, well-being and social needs of local communities’. “It aims to significantly improve the quality of patient-centred care, and a patient’s experience of local health services,” a GP First Federation spokesman said. “Patients will be treated by single, integrated and multidisciplinary teams, working to provide comprehensive and personalised care. “Look out for details of our forthcoming competition to design a logo.