General Practice Resilience Programme – Gainsborough, Midlands and East

Case study summary

Gainsborough is a small town in Lincolnshire, a predominantly rural area. GP services there are under particular pressure, with a shortage of GPs and severely limited access to same-day appointments. Using Practice Resilience Programme funding the remaining practices are now able to work more closely together.

 

Gainsborough is a small town in Lincolnshire, a predominantly rural area. GP services there are under particular pressure, with a shortage of GPs and severely limited access to same-day appointments. Its population of some 18,500 has a large number of drug users and patients with mental health needs. One of the town’s surgeries closed its doors to patients at the start of 2017, after no provider could be found to take on the contract, and the majority of the 3,500 patients re-registered at the town’s remaining two practices.

Funding of £28,000 was provided from the Practice Resilience Programme to Lincolnshire West CCG to commission a scoping officer from Connect Oxford, to implement a range of diagnostic work and identify solutions to the challenges primary care in Gainsborough faces. The aim is for the two remaining practices in Gainsborough to work more closely together, making use of a new neighbourhood team and enhanced premises, alongside a high-level plan for co-operative working with surrounding practices to strengthen primary care in the area.