Mando Watson, consultant in general paediatrics, shares how the Imperial child health general practice hubs work. The hubs comprise groups of two or three general practices within Inner North West London, which work with paediatric consultants from St Mary’s Hospital to provide care to practice populations of approximately 4,000 children.
The model has three key components: specialist outreach, with specialists from the hospital working alongside primary care professionals; open access, with GPs having access to specialist advice via an email and telephone hotline; and patient and public engagement, built around practice champions who are working with the team to co-design services.
The general practice child health hubs are part of the broader Connecting Care for Children programme that runs across West London, Central London and Hammersmith and Fulham CCGs.
One of the most innovative parts of the model is the involvement of patients and young people, who have helped the team to adapt the service to better meet patient needs.
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