Child health GP hubs
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.
"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
"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:
- 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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|
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you our guide.
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