Suffolk GP Federation is a not-for-profit organisation owned by 58 GP practices covering 580,000 patients. Members remain independent organisations, whilst working together to develop local primary care.
The Federation has a turnover of approximately £25m and employs over 600 members of staff. It was established with a one off financial contribution from the Government and since its formation has funded all of its activities without any contribution from its members.
We were formed to:
- Help GP practices work together in an open, democratic and transparent way
- Address issues which can be solved through collaboration (rather than by individual practices)
- Provide management, skills and expertise that an individual practice would find difficult to finance
We have two main areas of activity:
1. Supporting general practice
- Supporting complex service changes through collaboration between groups of practices or the transfer of work from hospitals into the community
- Leading a Suffolk wide workforce development programme including GP recruitment and retention, support for salaried and locum GPs, practice managers, nurses, administration staff and other healthcare professionals
- Delivering general practice services where it is sensible for one organisation to take a lead
2. Patient services
Suffolk GP Federation manages a portfolio of services including:
- General practice – Suffolk GP+ – extra primary care appointments in the evening, at weekends and Bank Holidays
- Ultrasound and cardiology clinics in East Suffolk
- Community pain management in West Suffolk
- Managing community services in partnership with other providers such as Ipswich Hospital and West Suffolk Hospital
- Diabetes in North East Essex
- Directly managing practices including Walton Surgery in Felixstowe, Christmas Maltings and Clements Practice in Haverhill and Kirkley Mill Surgery in Lowestoft.
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