GPs beat companies to contract for APMS

A small, local but 'very experienced' GP-led provider has seen off competition from multi-national companies to win a £900,000 APMS contract to run three practices in Leeds.

Leeds PCT has appointed One Medicare, led by Wakefield GPs Dr Phillip Earnshaw and Dr Patrick Wynn, to take over GP provision at the Hilton Road Surgery in Chapeltown and Shafton Lane Surgery in Holbeck as well as setting up a GP surgery at The Light in Leeds city centre.

One Medicare won the contract from a field of 22 applicants. Leeds PCT would not comment on the other bidders.

Salaried GPs will be employed to work a normal day at the existing surgeries at Chapeltown and Holbeck. GPs at The Light will work an extended 7am-7pm day and Saturday mornings to fit in with the walk-in centre in the same building.

'Patients will typically be young professionals and our opening times will be geared to patient demand,' said Rachel Beverly-Stevenson, chief executive of One Medical, the primary care property developer that jointly owns One Medicare with FMC Health Solutions.

One Medicare is contracted to provide level-two local enhanced services for mental and sexual health at The Light.

Dr Earnshaw, chief executive of One Medicare, said the APMS contract was not significantly different from the PMS contract he works under as a GP in Wakefield.

'Our APMS contract reflects how we would operate a standard GP contract,' he said. 'The way it is presented as a table of key performance indicators is different, but what the PCT is asking differs very little from our own performance-related PMS contract.'

Dr Earnshaw set up FMC Health Solutions, a limited liability company, with his partner Dr Wynn to run a three-site practice at Ferrybridge Medical Centre in Wakefield.

Three quarters of APMS contracts to date have been awarded to entrepreneurial GPs ahead of private providers, according to researchers from the King's Fund (GP, 16 February 2007).

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