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Jon Wells

I’ve been a GP partner in Redditch since 1993, have served on a variety of commissioning bodies over the last 25 years, most recently as CCG Chair from 2013 to 2016. I am very pleased to have been elected as the Redditch and Bromsgrove Alliance Board Chair for the next two years. 

We are very much in the establishment and early development phase of our four Neighbourhood Teams in Redditch and Bromsgrove, which bring together health and social care teams to provide more joined up care for patients. I’d like to explain why this is such a good idea.

When I started as a GP, we had practice-based district nursing teams. If I had a complex patient in the community I would refer them to the lead district nurse who would co-ordinate their health and social care. This worked well until the numbers of frail and complex patients increased very significantly and community staff were moved into a central hub in Bromsgrove.

That is changing now with the Neighbourhood Teams, which for the first time include the health and social care staff working together within each of the four groups of practices, with nominated GP and community leads. Regular Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings (MDT) – where team members from different services and organisations - have been established, and we are already seeing the benefits of this integrated working. 

The future is exciting, with an emphasis on new ways of working which will benefit our patients by helping to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and achieve earlier hospital discharge. This also frees up some GP capacity to help support the sustainability of General Practice. 

I hope you find the information on these pages helpful. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact us through  worcs.comms@nhs.net.

Dr Jonathan Wells
Redditch and Bromsgrove Alliance Board