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Practices to provide warfarin clinics under CCG agreement

A CCG-GP ‘partnership’ agreement in Barnsley will fund GPs for visiting elderly or housebound patients at home to conduct medicines reviews and discuss end-of-life care, and increase the number of procedures that can be delivered by practices.

The Practice Delivery Agreement, launched by Barnsley CCG today, will see practices increasingly delivering outpatient services like warfarin clinics and benign prostate cancer treatments in the surgery – either through shared premises arrangements or new training.

The scheme is hoping to attract and, crucially, retain GPs to the area through a new GP Fellowship scheme and greater promotion of continuous learning and training of clinical skills.

Each GP practice will also appoint a fully-trained safeguarding lead.

Dr Nick Balac, chair of the CCG, said: ‘The PDA is totally unique and a culture changer.’

‘The PDA also encourages practices to work more closely together, sharing skill sets and even on occasion, premises – such as with anti-coagulation work.’

‘The PDA is all about investing in and delivering sustainable improved quality of and access to out-of-hospital care through a well-trained, better-resourced workforce. I am delighted that all our GP practices have signed up to it so enthusiastically.’