Tadcaster and rural Selby PCN
Tadcaster and Rural Selby PCN looks after a population of 28,290 people from around the town of Tadcaster and villages of Sherburn in Elmet, South Milford, Micklefield and Thorpe Willoughby. The PCN is made up of four surgeries which are:
GP practices working together as Primary Care Networks across the Vale of York have shared their highlights from a year of progress developing services and support for their local populations.
Tadcaster and Rural Selby PCN has highlighted a focus on cancer, including extra clinics for cervical smear tests, as well as the addition of paramedic roles to support with home visiting.
Other new roles include mental health practitioners and health and wellbeing coaches, offering 12-week programmes of support. Local priorities include supporting patients with hypertension, obesity and cardiovascular disease as well as urgent same-day primary care response.
Additional services being offered to patients in GP practices
The PCN is working closely with partners across the locality including Selby District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, voluntary sector colleagues, community services, York Hospital, and Tees Esk and Wear Valley Mental Health Foundation Trust. These partnerships are vital to ensure that we work together to put our communities at the heart of everything that we do, improving our services together. You will see some of these partnerships being demonstrated in the additional services below which will be on hand to help with a wide range of social, emotional, mental health and wellbeing issues.
Social Prescribing - Social prescribing provides a service to people who don't necessarily need the kind of help that comes in a tube or bottle. Instead, with the help of a wellbeing link worker, a patient receives a 'social prescription' to provide support that will help them access activities to improve health and enjoyment in life. For example connecting people to community groups and relevant services for practical and emotional support. Find out more about social prescribing here.
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Health and wellbeing coach - A health and wellbeing coach will be responsible for delivering group and one to one sessions on healthy eating, physical activity and health and well-being to meet with personalised care plans. The coach will play a critical role in engaging patients and use health coaching techniques to support them to take an active role in their health. This role works closely with those of low to medium complexity who will usually have one or more long term conditions.
Clinical Pharmacist - A clinical pharmacist is responsible for implementing an effective medicine management system within the PCN practices, including cost-effective prescribing, working as an independent prescriber and providing advice and support for both patients and colleagues.
Urgent Care Practitioner - An urgent care practitioner provides face-to-face or remote clinical assessment for patients, and decision making support for clinicians. This includes care for the presenting patient from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of care.
Community Parkinson's Nurse - A community Parkinson’s nurse specialist is someone who will supports the individual needs of patients with Parkinson's disease by bringing care closer to home and helping to manage their degree of symptoms so that they can continue living their life.
Read more about this role and how it can support patients with Parkinson's Disease here.
Mental Health Practitioners - Sometimes referred to as a First Contact Mental Health Practitioner, this role supports patients with either a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health concern without the need for a GP referral. Read more about how they support patients here.
Tadcaster and Rural Selby PCN is led by Clinical Director Dr Steve Lovisetto, from South Milford Surgery and supported by GP Leads in each other practice.
- Dr Jocelyn Patel, GP Lead Sherburn Group Practice
- Dr Wendy Reeves, GP Lead Tadcaster Medical Centre.
Feedback and comments about the PCN
GPs and practice managers across our three practices regularly meet to share information, discuss new roles and make joint decisions that will create better health outcomes for our patients. This has not stopped because of Coronavirus, but encouraged us to do more together and have plans in place to future proof the services offered in Tadcaster and Rural Selby
Employing one ‘Social Prescribing Link Worker’ to deliver services across our three GP practices has enabled a new cohort of patients to be identified and supported in ways more suitable to their needs.