The Tower Hamlets GP Care Group CIC (THGPCG) is a social enterprise company which is wholly owned by the 37 practices in the Borough. Tower Hamlets has an enviable record for improving primary care over the last few years, and the social enterprise is another step in the journey. THGPCG's purpose is to give the GPs, as providers, a voice within the health and social care system (they are of course well represented on the Clinical Commissioning Group), and to continue to develop and improve primary care for the benefit of the community. An important part of this is the ability to tender for healthcare contracts which will secure services and income for GP practices to ensure the future of primary care.
The key health and social care stakeholders in the system have established the Tower Hamlets Integrated Provider Partnership (THIPP) as a vehicle to integrate care. THIPP partners comprise the GP Care Group, Tower Hamlets CCG, Barts Health, East London Foundation Trust and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. THIPP successfully applied to become one of NHS England's Vanguard Projects as a Multi-specialty Community Provider (MCP) and is now receiving support and funding to develop new models of care over the next few years.
Tower Hamlets CCG and THGPCG have also successfully applied for support from the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund to provide 7 day services, and will be launching new care hubs in October.
On top of that there is a procurement for Community Health Services, and building the capacity and capability within THGPCG at the same time.