I am delighted to be writing in support of ECHO community programme as a model for the delivery of services supporting the health and well being not only of patients registered with us as an individual GP practice but also larger populations in line with proposed Primary Care Networks.
Having offered the GP and NHS support to the initial pilot and being able to host the programme here at the practice I have seen first hand the need and value for this service It offers a range of services together in a way not currently available and in doing so provides opportunities which existing pathways do not seem to support. As a practicing GP I am becoming more and more aware that although patients present to me their needs are not those that I can ‘treat’ and the current systems to signpost or refer are either not appropriate or present such barriers that access is prohibited.
My involvement with ECHO has demonstrated to me that this model offers a solution to these problems and I am excited and keen now to help support its further development. As the Clinical Director for the new local GP Network I am also aware that this model perfectly supports the plans and need for integration between health and social care as a fundamental change to how we care for our communities.
Dr Tim Dean, Wakefield CCG Clinical Chair - Network 2, Ash Grove Medical Centre, Knottingley