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The Primary Care Taskforce was established in February 2023 to provide leadership to initiatives or models of care that improve access to acute and unplanned care for our populations most at need by relieving primary care capacity pressures. The immediate priorities for this group is:

  • Identify and investigate short-medium term opportunities to enhance the local primary and community workforce that compliment local and national activity; and provide leadership to implementing opportunities identified. For example, collaborative recruitment or retention opportunities.
  • Explore and investigate short – medium term initiatives or alternative models of general practice that:
    • Build on the existing work of the PHOs, Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group (CCPG) and the Canterbury Primary Response Group (CPRG) workforce subgroup to improve access and gain operational efficiencies. For example enhancing the uptake of Inbox management.
    • Are aligned with national Early Actions Programme implementing comprehensive primary and community care teams and the introduction of new roles.
  • Provide an advocacy channel to national groups or organisations on matters that enable progress in addressing primary care capacity pressures.
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23Jun

General Practice teams helping form taskforce direction

23 Jun, 2023 | Return|

The CCN (Canterbury Clinical Network) Primary Care Taskforce is seeking feedback from general practice teams to gather their views on what is contributing to the current pressures on primary care, and where they should focus their efforts to support practices in Canterbury | Waitaha.  
 
To gather feedback surveys tailored for general practitioners, practice nurses and practice managers were sent out to practices earlier this month.  

Project Manager Linda Wensley says we’re thrilled to have received a great response to the survey already.  

“We are keen to make sure a broad range of general practitioners, practice nurses and practice managers have their say and contribute their ideas to where the taskforce should focus their efforts. I encourage anyone that hasn’t yet completed it, to do so before the survey closes on Tuesday 27 June,” says Linda.  

The Taskforce was formed earlier this year and includes leaders from across the health system and community. The purpose of the group is to lead local changes aimed at addressing capacity pressures in primary care, with an initial focus on general practice.  

The Taskforce's work will complement national activity and align with the work of local organisations including Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group, and Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha.  

The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed below.   

Complete the Practice Manager Survey   

General Practitioner Survey   

Practice Nurse Survey   

Read more about the Primary Care Taskforce including membership here.    

Please direct questions to Linda Wensley.

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Early Actions Programme

Te Whatu Ora's page on the primary, community and rural Early Actions Programme.