The NHS is under pressure. Professionals are leaving, the population is ageing, funding is being squeezed. For the NHS in North Kirklees, these pressures are felt all the more. This is an area that is diverse, but deprived. Challenged, but fiercely community-spirited. This is where there are high rates of health issues such as obesity, smoking-related and age-related disease. But it’s also a region of pride and determination.
Curo Health is the GP federation of North Kirklees, and like North Kirklees, the strength of Curo is its community. Created and run by local GPs, our 27 GP practices share responsibility for delivering high quality enhanced services such as evening and weekend appointments, sustainably and effectively.
From Dewsbury to Colne Valley, the federation champions investment in primary care and provides a central role in vital back-up, support and coordination for member practices. Working this way means we can deliver greater benefits for patients across Kirklees and:
The day to day running of Curo Health is through a small but dedicated management team and a board of directors who also serve as GPs in local practices.
Fresh partnerships of GP practices – typically covering 30-50,000 people – are being funded to work together to improve population health and extend the range of convenient local services, creating genuinely joined-up teams of general practice, community health and social care staff, as well as other local organisations.
These new primary care networks (PCNS) will provide flexible options for neighbouring groups of GP practices, wider primary and community care teams, local organisations and local people to plan and deliver better health for everyone living in their local area.
In North Kirklees we have four networks – or clusters as they’re known locally – who work together to proactively measure and react to their local areas needs.
Batley & Birstall Network (Batley & Birstall)
Practices working together in this network: Batley Health Centre, Blackburn Road Medical Centre, Broughton House Surgery, Cherry Tree Surgery, Grove House Surgery, Kirkgate Surgery, Mount Pleasant Medical Centre, Wellington House.
Dewsbury & Thornhill Primary Care Network (Dewsbury & Thornhill)
Practices working together in this network: Healds Road Surgery, Savile Town Medical Practice, Albion Mount Medical Practice, The Paddock Surgery, The Sidings Health Centre, Thornhill Lees Medical Centre, Windsor Medical Centre.
Three Centres Primary Care Network (Dewsbury, Ravensthorpe & Mirfield)
Practices working together in this network: Calder View Surgery, Dr Mahmood & Partners, Eightlands Surgery, Mirfield Health Centre, North Road Suite.
Spen Health & Wellbeing Network (Cleckheaton & Heckmondwike)
Practices working together in this network: Brookroyd House, Cleckheaton Group Practice, Cook Lane Surgery, Greenway Medical Practice, Liversedge Medical Centre, Parkview Surgery, Undercliffe Surgery.
As North Kirklees’ GP federation, we are supporting our four PCNs as they develop and grow, taking on responsibility for helping them manage finance, HR, IT and employing staff such as social prescribers or clinical pharmacists, all whilst saving money and resources for all, and all for North Kirklees patients.