Our child health GP hubs consist of four to five local GP practices or surgeries and a paediatric consultant, who work together to meet the needs of the local population using one practice as the centre of care.

 Parent

"My health visitor told me to do one thing and the hospital told me something else. It’s confusing."

How does the model work?

For children registered with a GP practice, the hub brings more specialist expertise on child health within easy reach. Paediatric consultants from the local hospital join GPs and work together to care for children in their area.

The Child Health GP Hub model includes three different innovations:

  • GPs have open access to children’s health specialists at St Mary’s hospital, with a phone line and email for advice
  • Child health GP Hub (specialist outreach clinics and multidisciplinary meetings with GP hubs every 4-6 weeks)
  • Building relationships and working with champions in the community to improve the health of local populations

Child Health GP Hub

Benefits of joining a hub

 Local parent

"Seeing the GP and also having paediatricians attending at the same time has changed the way I will go and see my GP in the future. I think that I will no longer run straight to the hospital"

Watch our video to find out more about the benefits of Child Health GP Hubs:

 

Joined up care

In the past children’s healthcare has been disjoined and clinicians have worked in silos. The hub brings all health professionals involved in a child’s care together in a multi-disciplinary team, including:

  • GPs
  • Consultants
  • Health visitors
  • Children and adolescent mental health (CAMHs)
  • Early years teams
  • School nurses
  • Paediatric dietitians
  • GP/paediatric trainees

 Find out more how working together can improve patient outcomes by reading these patient case studies [link to segmentation document in resources for professionals].

Better communication for patients and clinicians

The Child Health GP Hub model enables all healthcare professionals involved in a child’s care to have regular contact, which makes it quicker and easier to solve problems.

It gives all healthcare professionals who join the hub:

  • Easy access to secondary care clinicians through the paediatric consultant in their hub
  • Easy access to professionals in health, education and social care involved in the care of local children and young people
  • Opportunities for teaching on specialist subjects as part of the multidisciplinary team meeting
  • A better understanding of hospital and community pathways and services, local and voluntary organisations

 Senior School Nurse

"The advantages of going are getting to know the doctors and forging closer links with GPs and the paediatricians."

Advantages for patients

  • Fewer appointments they have to attend
  • They are seen in the right place, by the right person, at the right time and often at their local GP
  • Each patient and their family gets one management plan, agreed on by healthcare professionals
  • Child health concerns can be managed in the community by primary care professionals with enhanced skills

Our local CC4C hubs

We have six hubs:

  • one in Hammersmith
  • three in Kensington & Chelsea
  • two in Westminster

If you are part of any of the below GP practices, you are eligible to join a hub. Please email us at Imperial.cc4c@nhs.net to get involved.

If you are a GP in north west London at a practice not included below please also email, we may be able to help.

 

CC4C Hubs in North West London

 Hammersmith & Fulham Partnership Hub  Regents Canal Hub  St John’s Wood Hub
 North End Medical Centre  Paddington Green Health Centre  St John’s Wood Medical Practice
 Park Medical Centre  Lisson Grove Health Centre    Wellington Health Centre
 The Bush Doctors  Crompton Medical Centre   Little Venice Medical Centre
 Brook Green Medical Centre    
 Richford Gate Medical Practice    
     
 West Hill Health Hub  Neo Health Hub  Inclusive Health Hub
 Grand Union Health Centre   Exmoor Surgery  Barlby Surgery
 Holland Park Surgery  Golborne Medical Centre (Ramasamy)  Queens Park (Lai Chung)
 Portland Road Practice  Notting Hill Medical Centre (Razak)  Queens Park (Ahmed)
 Westbourne Grove Medical Centre  The Beacon  Harrow Road
 The Garway Medical Practice  Colville Health Centre  Shirland Road
 Lancaster Gate Medical Centre  Foreland Medical Centre  Half Penny Steps
 Portobello Medical Centre   North Kensington Medical Centre  Meanwhile Gardens
 Pembridge Villas  St Quintin Health Centre  
 The Elgin    

Other north west London hubs

  • South West PCN
  • Millbank Medical Centre
  • Victoria Medical Centre
  • The Belgravia Surgery
  • Pimlico Health at the Marven Surgery
  • Dr Shakarchi’s Practice

Setting up a hub

If you are interested in setting up your own hub, feel free to get in touch. We host quarterly webinars to share what we’ve learnt from our hub model. Please email imperial.cc4c@nhs.net for more information about our next webinar.

How to get started

When in doubt, start small. All you need is one eager paediatrician, GP and someone to help with the running of the hub (a coordinator). Together you can build your hub around the needs of your team and local children and their families.

How-to guide

We have a guide, which includes things you will need in place to kick-start your hub and the barriers you may face in the process.

We are always happy to help where we can. Please get in touch with any questions. Email imperial.cc4c@nhs.net and we will send you our guide.