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Superpractice to have 380,000 patients following eight-practice takeover

GP superpractice Modality is set to reach 380,000 patients with the takeover of a further eight GP practices that have a combined 33,000 patients.

The new additions are based in Walsall, west Midlands, where Modality already runs another five practices.

The eight APMS-contracted practices will be merged into four when the takeover completes in September, operating from five branches.

NHS Walsall CCG selected Modality as the new provider following a public consultation.

All GP partners will become Modality partners, and all staff will be TUPE transferred. The group said that despite the consolidation, there would be no staff redundancies.

Modality, which brands itself 'the first national super-partnership in England', also runs GP practices in Birmingham, Yorkshire, Hull and the South East of England.

A Modality Partnership spokesperson confirmed that, by including the new Walsall practices, the patient population size ‘will be in the region of 380,000’, and it is likely it will exceed 400,000 'by autumn' as the group continues to grow.

Modality Walsall executive partner Dr Narinder Sahota said: ‘We have been providing care here in Walsall for a number of years to many patients and we are proud to be working with the CCG to extend the care we provide to the wider community of Walsall.’

The group said opening times following the mergers will be 8-6.30 Monday to Friday, with evening and weekend appointments also available.

A spokesperson for NHS Walsall CCG said: 'By merging several GP surgeries, we are creating more appointments and therefore, offering patients more opportunities get see a GP.

'The changes will also mean that under the new provider half-day closures will be removed from the contracts, enhancing our primary care services and creating even more appointments.'

Total GP numbers for Modality Partnership currently stand at 119 partners and 256 salaried GPs, set to grow by 11 more GPs when the Walsall practices join in September.

Modality formerly counted chief inspector of general practice Professor Steve Field among its partners but he retired from the partnership in July 2017.

The practices joining Modality

From September, Wharf Family Practice, Sai Medical Practice and Manor Medical Centre will become one practice based at Forester Street. Patients who are currently registered at Wharf Family Practice will automatically be transferred to the new surgery 0.5 miles from their current GP practice.

Harden Family Practice, Coalpool Family Practice and Blakenall Family Practice will also merge and become one GP surgery. However, the new surgery will be based across two sites at Harden Health Centre and Blakenall.

Two other practices affected by the contract changes are Keys Family Practice and Collingwood Family Practice. Both these practices will remain open, and they will also be operated by Modality.

Source: NHS Walsall CCG



Readers' comments (23)


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  • not surprised
    this was as per plans of DOH since 2006
    i feel for the junior colleagues and also patients
    good luck NHS

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  • Vinci Ho

    It was then , this is now
    The circumstances are stronger than individuals. Only history will judge the government(s) the way it has been treating us.

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  • 8 APMS Practices merged into....soup,,,,,what ? so they have been merged into one big GMS Contract and Modality is the name of the GMS Provider? or is it now and APMS+ GMS= APGMS ??
    maybe a bit of clarity - what Modality is would help. It would be interesting to know the Chairman or owners details as well as usually in NHS the mischief mongers are either LMC or CCG limp whips who are only looking for personal short term gains.
    Pulse, please clarify, thanks

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  • Area Health Authorities covered about 500,000 patients - abolished in 1982. It all just goes round and round - the only constant indivisible unit is just you and the patient staring at each other in the consulting room.

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  • I assume that they won a APMS bid.

    NHS England policy is that no new GMS contracts are being created.

    Something feels wrong here.

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  • The Modality "refer your own patients to your own Specialist Clinic and get paid for it" scheme has been a great success. No conflict of interest there.......

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  • Super practice does not give super patient experience. Try seeing the same doctor compared to single handlers.

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  • i read her in pulse that they did 80% of their consultations on line. We really need to know what the patient experience is.

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  • How likely is it that 400,000+ patients is the optimum size of practice to provide continuity of care or local responsiveness? How likely is it that any other provider got a serious look-in when those eight aPMS practices were put out to tender?

    No, of course not. This is empire-building, pure and simple. The CCG's seem to love monopolistic providers and clearly favour them over other (often higher quality) alternatives.

    Unfortunately the plan to transform General Practice into an oligopoly of vast patient farming enterprises is going rather well and it is a matter for deep shame that power-hungry doctors are often the leaders of this unrecoverable change.

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