12th Annual ASPC Conference Friday 18th – Saturday 19th May 2018

ASPC are delighted to confirm details of this year’s conference at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire. This year will be our 12th conference and we look forward to welcoming old and new faces alike.

The conference is for all who have an interest in community surgery, GPs, Practice Managers, Surgical Consultants, Commissioners, Doctors in Training and Allied Health Professionals. Speakers and workshops yet to be announced!

Health Select Committee

ASPC meeting with Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP

Please click on the link below to read our evidence to the Parliamentary Health Committee which Sarah Wollaston chairs. Since writing this paper we have been to meet the Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP to champion community surgery on behalf of ASPC. Please see the Spring newsletter for more information about this meeting. If you have any questions, please contact us via the website.


First wave of new care model ‘vanguard’ areas revealed
NHS England has revealed the first 29 ‘vanguard’ areas that will take a national lead on developing new models of integrated care which can then be spread across the country.
From April 2015, the vanguards will develop programmes to deliver joined-up local health services. It has been estimated that the initial work, which is drawing on a new £200m transformation fund, will benefit more than five million patients.
With an aim to develop ‘game-changing’ care models, the vanguards will take a lead on creating multispecialty community providers (MCPs) – moving specialist care out of hospitals into the community; integrated primary and acute care systems (PACS) – joining up GP, hospital, community and mental health services; and models of enhanced health in care homes – offering older people better, joined up health, care and rehabilitation services.
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “Instead of the usual top-down administrative tinkering, we’re backing radical care redesign by frontline nurses, doctors and other staff – in partnership with their patients and local communities.
“From Wakefield to Whitstable, and Yeovil to Harrogate, we’re going to see distinctive solutions to shared challenges, which the whole of the NHS will be able to learn from.”
In January the NHS invited individual organisations and partnerships, including those with the voluntary sector to apply to be ‘vanguard’ sites. Following on from this, 269 groups of nurses, doctors and other health and social care staff from across the country put forward their ideas for how they wanted to redesign care in their areas, and then helped choose the first 29 of the most innovative plans.
As part of the work, the national NHS will work with local vanguard sites to develop dedicated support packages to enable and accelerate change. There will then been an intensive evaluation programme which will seek evidence on what works so that this can be spread to other parts of the country.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers and member of the New Care Models Board, said: “We strongly support the vision outlined in the Five Year Forward View that the NHS needs to rapidly develop new ways of delivering care to patients that better meet 21st century patient needs.
“Today’s announcement is an important early step in translating the Five Year Forward View into real change on the ground. NHS England and the other arm’s length bodies have moved with admirable speed to identify these vanguard sites. We also welcome the way this process is working.”
Support will be tailored to the needs of each area, but could be a combination of peer learning and expertise in areas such as patient empowerment and community engagement, leadership, clinical workforce redesign, using digital technology to redesign care, devising new legal forms and joined up procurement.
All areas will benefit from a wider support and learning package which will be rolled out later this year, based on the learning from the vanguard sites.
David Bennett, chief executive of Monitor, said: “The first wave of vanguard sites represents a practical start to transforming the NHS. We will use our expertise in areas such as pricing and system economics, alongside our oversight of foundation trusts, to help local areas develop the new models of care that are essential for the NHS and the people who use it.”
The list of successful sites are:
1. Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
2. Mansfield and Ashfield and Newark and Sherwood CCGs
3. Yeovil Hospital
4. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust
5. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
6. Lancashire North
7. Hampshire and Farnham CCG
8. Harrogate and Rural District CCG
9. Isle of Wight
10. Calderdale Health and Social Care Economy
11. Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
12. Fylde Coast Local Health Economy
13. Vitality
14. West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing Ltd
15. NHS Sunderland CCG and Sunderland City Council
16. NHS Dudley CCG
17. Whitstable Medical Practice
18. Stockport Together
19. Tower Hamlets Integrated Provider Partnership
20. Southern Hampshire
21. Primary Care Cheshire
22. Lakeside Surgeries
23. Principia Partners in Health
Enhanced health in care homes
24. NHS Wakefield CCG
25. Newcastle Gateshead Alliance
26. East and North Hertfordshire CCG
27. Nottingham City CCG
28. Sutton CCG
29. Airedale NHS Foundation

Princess Royal being introduced to ASPC and its working by ASPC President, Manchester
May 2015



RCGP – NATIONAL Council meeting
February 2015, London

Dr Vijay Kumar spoke twice about the need for GP’s to be centrally involved in commissioning of new services in the community nationally under the new models of care – vanguard sites- vertical integrated care.