A single voice for general practice in BNSSG
We are a GP-led organisation that represents practices in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. We have 86 shareholding practices – every practice in the area except one.
One Care Consortium was set up in 2014 to bid to the national GP Access Fund to help improve access to general practice and stimulate innovative ways of providing primary care services. We were awarded £9.4 million across two waves of funding to develop a number of innovative pilots and projects over three years.
Over the course of the first two years of the One Care Consortium programme, the need for an organisation that would enable GP practices across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to speak with one voice began to emerge. This became particularly important to ensure GP involvement in the development of Sustainability and Transformation Plans. Therefore, we put out a manifesto to our practices asking them to vote on 21 June 2016 on whether or not they wanted One Care to become their GP organisation.
Following an overwhelming vote of confidence at the end of June, we begun working to lay the ground work to establish this new organisation. We agreed our Articles of Association and registered One Care (BNSSG) Ltd on 1 September 2016 as a company limited by way of shares. We now have 86 shareholding practices, each having bought a £1 nominal share in the company.
Our Board is made up of 12 nominated and elected voting directors who are all GPs or Practice Managers from practices in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.