Amplifying the voice of general practice in BNSSG
We are One Care, the GP federation that represents and supports practices in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). Established in 2014, we have just over 80 member practices across the area who provide healthcare for around 1 million patients.
We support our practices with many different aspects of running their businesses through our Practice Support Team. This includes areas like finance, business intelligence and IT. We also support practices with holding contracts for delivery of additional services to their patients, such as Improved Access.
Our second important role for our members is to amplify their voice in discussions and decisions about the delivery of healthcare in our area.
Additionally, we’re always looking for opportunities that support new models of care and innovation within practice. We run these as pilot projects, so we can understand more about how they might benefit our practices.
Finally, we use our general practice expertise to work with partners from outside our sector or local area. Any funding we generate from this work goes back into the services we provide for our member practices.
We are a Community Interest Company and 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. Meet our Board.
We were borne out of One Care Consortium, an organisation 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.
When the programme ended, we set up as a new organisation (with BNSSG practices as our shareholders). Initially, we were limited company with a commitment not to pay dividends to shareholders but direct profits back into general practice in BNSSG. Because this is fundamental to our principles, we made the decision to switch to a Community Interest Company (CIC) in late 2019. Read more about our history.