Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)is to commission a new model of urgent care service.
On 22 February 2018 members of Somerset CCG’s Governing Body, ratified a decision to procure a new urgent care service for Somerset within the next 12 months. This new service model will be consistent with guidance issued by NHS England in August 2017.
Nick Robinson, Somerset CCG’s Chief Officer, said: “New nationally issued guidance aims to create Integrated Urgent Care Services across England This should deliver a more robust and responsive service to patients and Somerset CCG supports this objective.
“The procurement of the new urgent care service for Somerset will be subject to a competitive tendering process and we expect expressions of interest from any qualified service provider later this year. The current provider of service, Vocare Ltd, is able to bid to provide this new model of urgent care service if they wish.
“By mutual agreement and on an interim basis, Somerset CCG has also agreed with Vocare Ltd, to transfer the management of the county’s GP Out-of-Hours Service to neighbouring Devon Doctors Ltd. This management transfer is expected to be completed by the end of April 2018.”
The development of a new urgent care service in Somerset and interim change of management for the GP Out-of-Hours service is not expected to inconvenience patients or the public in any way.
Patients who become ill after their GP Practice has closed will continue to telephone NHS 111 for urgent medical advice or assistance.