Meeting Highlights Plans For New Services In GP Practices

Details of new services which are being introduced to support GP Practices across Falkirk will be discussed at a meeting in Camelon.

The meeting, which takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 18th September 2018 at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Redbrae Road, Camelon, Falkirk, will be attended by GP practice staff along representatives from NHS Forth Valley and the local Health and Social Care Partnership.

It follows the introduction of a new national GP contract which will see mental health workers, physiotherapists, advanced nurse practitioners and pharmacists, working as part of multi-professional teams with local GPs.  This will create additional capacity, increase the range of services available in local communities and free up doctors to spend more time seeing patients with more serious or complex healthcare needs.

The new way of working will see receptionists asking people what help they are looking for so they can direct them to the most appropriate member of the practice team. This could result in an appointment with a physiotherapist for patients with joint pain, backache or mobility issues such as knee or hip pain. Mental health nurses will be able to provide support to patients with many common mental health conditions including stress and anxiety. Advanced nurse practitioners, who are highly skilled clinicians, will be able to assess, diagnose and prescribe medication for a wide range of health conditions.

Also speaking at the meeting will be Patricia Cassidy, Chief Officer for the Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership who will be giving an update on progress to integrate local health and social services across the area.