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NHS Corby CCG

Expanding ‘super-practice’ wants GPs to work across acute care

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A GP ‘super-practice’ is seeking doctors to work in urgent care centres, accident and emergency and other secondary care settings across the East Midlands as part of ambitious expansion plans, LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal has learned.

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Corby based Lakeside Healthcare has already announced its intention to become the country’s largest GP led primary care provider in the country, with an aim to establish a registered list of 300,000 patients.

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The company wants candidates to work beyond the primary care setting

HSJ has now learned that the practice, which is one of NHS England’s 29 “vanguard” sites, plans to employ GPs in hospitals, urgent care centres and ambulatory care, offering them “well above” the national average pay for salaried GPs, according to a company job advert.

From 1 July, the company’s practice, which was formed from the merger of four smaller practices, will become operational, serving a list of 100,000 patients. The company also operates the Corby Urgent Care Centre.

The advert, seen by HSJ, says: “We are looking for new partners or salaried GPs who would work well in either Corby Urgent Care Centre or Lakeside Surgery, or both businesses.

“We are also very keen to speak to people who are interested in working wider afield in accident and emergency, urgent care and ambulatory care across the East Midlands.

“There could be opportunities to work in these environments and also the option for having a portfolio career and service development in both businesses.

“The new super-practice, Lakeside Healthcare, will be operational from 1 July. We shall have a list of 100,000 patients – the largest single, contiguous list of any partnership in the NHS. We aim to increase this to 300,000 patients through the next wave of mergers”

Last December Peter Wilczynski, resigned from his post as chair of Corby Clinical Commissioning Group to become senior partner of the Lakeside surgery, one of the four practices that merged to form the “super-practice”.

The other three Northamptonshire practices in the merger were:

  • Rothwell and Desborough Healthcare Group, Rothwell;
  • Headlands Surgery, Kettering; and
  • Albany House Medical Centre, Wellingborough.

A Corby CCG spokesman said: “Any opportunity for additional investment in care in Northamptonshire is to be welcomed.

“We look forward to working with Lakeside Healthcare and other partners to develop and deliver excellent services for the benefit of local people.”

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