Reorganisation leads to better GP service in deprived city areas

GP surgeries in some of the most socially deprived areas in Sheffield have ‘significantly’ improved performance levels following a reorganisation.

The Clover Group Practice, which combines Jordanthorpe Health Centre, The Mulberry Practice in the city centre, Highgate Surgery in Tinsley and Darnall Community Health, covers areas with high multi-cultural and migrant populations and above average levels of mental health problems, diabetes, heart conditions and other complex problems.

After some of the surgeries fell below national performance targets, they were merged under the control of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Now standards of care have risen to higher than the city average. Dr Lucy Manning, lead GP at Clover Group, said: “Creating the roles of clinical director and lead nurse has helped develop strong leadership, facilitated practice development and encouraged sharing of best practice.”

She added: “Despite the challenges posed by a culturally complex population with high numbers of sick and vulnerable people it looks after, these performance improvements are showing just what Clover Group as a unit can achieve. They also reflect the hard work and dedication of all the Clover staff.”

Clover is the only four-site practice in Sheffield and is managed by the NHS, unlike most practices which are independently owned.