In collaboration with our GP members, local people and partners we have identified four priority areas.
To find out more about these priority areas we have provided some information on each within this page. We also have a ‘plan on a page’ that brings all this together into one document.
You can view the document by clicking on the following link –
To do this we will provide more active support for self-management of health conditions and work in a more united way with social care, mental health and the voluntary sector. We will provide additional primary care reducing the need for people to attend hospital, for example, for treatment like IV therapy (antibiotics administered via a drip).
At the heart of the improvements will be Integrated Health & Social Care. Click here for more information.
To achieve these goals GPs will be looking at ways in which they can reduce referrals whilst improving patient’s experience. They will do this by reviewing their own referrals within the practice and with other GPs. Although your GP would not refer you for ‘no reason’ it may well be that there are alternatives that he/she may not have considered or be aware of and ‘peer review’ can help to address this.
Also ‘referral coordinators’ will be appointed to support this process and will be responsible for ensuring the quality of all referrals (for example, the information that is provided to the consultant upon referral).
On follow ups we are working very closely with the hospital to enable GPs to be more actively involved in decisions about their patients follow ups and to carry out some of those follow ups in the practice. Click here for more information.
In prescribing, one example area of where we can improve is on the use of hypnotics (sleeping tablets). We are currently above the national average on the prescribing of these drugs and they can have some unpleasant side effects. Therefore we need to look to providing alternative support and advice to patients on getting a good night’s sleep. Click on the link below to download a leaflet.
GP practices in Stockport have worked hard to considerably reduce the number of C-Diff cases by following strict guidelines on the use of antibiotics. Work will continue to further reduce these numbers.
We will also continue to increase access to psychological therapies in line with national targets. This will include appointing new therapists to treat people with depression and anxiety disorders.
Our goals related this aim are to:
We will be working to increase uptake of rates for cancer screening, vaccinations and health checks in the more deprived areas of Stockport where uptake is lower. The CCG and GP practices will work collaboratively with public health to re-focus and promote the health check system.