HG Wells project launches in Bristol

Date: 01 Oct 2015

Category: Services

Twenty-eight GP Practices will take part in a new pilot aimed at delivering significant and sustainable improvements in the management and treatment of diabetes.

The year-long project, named HG Wells after the co-founder of the Diabetes Society (Diabetes UK), will look to improve the life of patients with the condition and ensure they have access to the best care possible.

Approximately 18,500 people in Bristol have been diagnosed with diabetes, and a recent Public Health England report revealed that 35,000 people in the city are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Transformation Programme

The initiative, commissioned by Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is due to launch this month and will see the development of an integrated model of diabetes care to ensure people with the condition receive joined up care from diagnosis, through to treatment and ongoing management.

Diabetes care is complex and provided by a range of healthcare practitioners, across different care settings, however the HG Wells Project is the first in a five-year programme of activity from Bristol CCG designed to see a change in diabetes care and management.

The Bristol Diabetes Transformation Programme aims to coordinate health system knowledge and effort, in such a way as to radically improve the way we care for patients with diabetes and support the frontline clinicians who deliver this care.

"The aim of this project is to deliver significant and sustained improvements in how we manage and treat diabetes. Improving the management of diabetes as a long-term condition is a priority for Bristol CCG. This project is just one part of a broader five-year programme of activity we have planned to improve diabetes care in the city."

- Dr Gill Jenkins, Clinical Lead for Diabetes at Bristol CCG

The practices are:

  • Armada Family Practice and The Green Practice (Whitchurch Health Centre)
  • Avonmouth Medical Centre
  • Bedminster Family Practice
  • Beechwood Medical Practice
  • Birchwood Medical Practice
  • Bishopston Medical Practice
  • Bradgate Surgery
  • Charlotte Keel Health Centre
  • The Crest Family Practice
  • Gaywood House Surgery
  • Grange Road Surgery
  • Lawrence Hill Health Centre
  • The Lennard Surgery
  • The Malago Surgery
  • Monks Park Surgery
  • Montpelier Health Centre
  • Nightingale Valley Practice
  • The Old School Surgery
  • Ridingleaze Medical Centre
  • Sea Mills Surgery
  • Shirehampton Group Practice
  • Southmead and Henbury Family Practice
  • St George Health Centre
  • Stockwood Medical Centre
  • The Wedmore Practice
  • The Wellspring Surgery
  • The Family Practice Western College
  • Wells Road Surgery

If the pilot is successful, the project will be rolled out across Bristol.

More than 350 practices have already benefitted from this programme across England. This has resulted in improved patient outcomes and medicines management with Type 2 diabetes, practices saw an immediate improvement in quality and outcomes framework achievements for diabetes and resulted in cost savings at practice level.