Just over 8 years ago Dr Kadirgamar and I had a big idea. The idea that primary care could be done in a different and better way to the traditional corner shop surgery - a model that hadn't really changed for a hundred years! We knew that there must be a way of bringing clinical knowledge and expertise together with business acumen to produce a modern, twenty first century way of looking after patients. A way to provide doctors, nurses and their teams with the support and infrastructure to enable them to focus their efforts on looking after patients effectively and efficiently, to the benefit of the patient, us, and the NHS at large.
So we set up a company in 2004 - then called Practice Networks - to get on and do this. In January 2005 we won our very first contract, providing GP care into a community hospital ward. In July 2005 we won a contract to look after two GP surgeries in High Wycombe. So there we were, two GPs with a couple of GP surgeries and a community hospital to look after, but very little experience in running a business. It was at that early stage that commercial experience was brought in to turn the fledgling company into a fit-for-purpose organisation which involved a move from Practice Networks to The Practice plc as it is today. From there the organisation has gone from strength-to-strength and now holds contracts for over 50 GP surgeries and GP-led Health Centres, regularly delivers over 120 community outpatient clinics per week, and sees in excess of 1 million patients per year. So it is with great excitement and optimism that I look forward to the next phase in this company's journey.
Dr Jeremy Rose
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