CLAHRC bid update

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The note below comes from Tom Quinn, AHSN Transition Board Member, who was instrumental in getting the CLAHRC bid off the ground and also deserves our thanks and congratulates for mobilising the research interests in the patch so effectively.

“We learnt recently that the region’s bid for a CLAHRC was unsuccessful. Feedback from the Panel highlighted strengths in some research areas, and the large number of organisations which have signed up to participate,and agreed that the aspirations of the proposed CLAHRC were laudable – all of  which we can celebrate. The Panel also reflected on the challenges we face across KSS, highlighting the relatively nascent partnerships and little evidence of collaborative working between the participating organisations, and that links between the proposed CLAHRC and the AHSN could have been better articulated.

While dissapointing to the many people who helped develop the bid – all of whom deserve thanks and congratulations, particularly Sube Banerjee – the experience of applying has been a real positive for KSS, forging new research partnerships across the region, and there is a real opportunity now to build on these to ‘strengthen the KSS research story’. Detailed discussions on how we can work together through the AHSN to support this will begin after the holiday season.”

I also wanted to highlight NHS England’s newly announced consultation on the future of general practice. The main purpose is to stimulate debate in local communities, among GP practices, CCGs, area teams, health and wellbeing boards and other community partners, on the best way to develop general practice services and address:

  • an ageing population, growing co-morbidities and increasing patient expectations, resulting in large increase in consultations, especially for older patients, e.g. 95% growth in consultation rate for people aged 85-89 in ten years up to 2008/09. The number of people with multiple long term conditions set to grow from 1.9 to 2.9 million from 2008 to 2018
  • increasing pressure on NHS financial resources, which will intensify further from 2015/16
  • growing dissatisfaction with access to services. The most recent GP Patient Survey shows further reductions in satisfaction with access, both for in-hours and out-of-hours services. 76% of patients rate overall experience of making an appointment as good
  • persistent inequalities in access and quality of primary care, including twofold variation in GPs and nurses per head of population between more and less deprived areas
  • growing reports of workforce pressures including recruitment and retention problems.

Kind regards

Guy Boersma





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