Sherwood House Medical Practice

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Sherwood House Medical Practice's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Sherwood House Medical Practice is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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Sherwood House, Birmingham
More than 90 years serving
the local community
Sherwood House Medical Practice has been a part
of the Birmingham community since it was first
established in 1926. Managing Director Andy Chew tells
TheParliamentary Review
that the practice is proud to continue
a tradition of responsive, empathetic patient-centred care, a
tradition whereby every patient is an equal partner, treated with
respect and dignity whatever their treatment choices. Andy
elaborates on the rich history of Sherwood House, which was
established more than 90 years ago by a Dr Jackson-Smith, who
used to visit patients’ homes in a horse-drawn carriage.
General practice is in crisis. A King’s Fund review published in 2016 found that
consultations grew by 15 per cent between 2010 and 2015. Over the same period
the GP workforce grew by 4.65 per cent and the practice nurse workforce fell by
2.85 per cent. Funding for primary care as a share of the overall NHS budget fell
every year in the five-year period.
More recently, as reported in
The Guardian
, GP surgery closures across the UK have
reached an all-time high: 138 GP premises closed in 2018 compared to 18 in 2013.
Our history
Our practice was first established in 1926 by Dr George Jackson-Smith at 560
Bearwood Road. The Thimblemill Library Reminiscence Project records that Dr
Jackson-Smith was an “authoritarian” and a “good doctor who did his house calls
by pony and trap”.
FACTS ABOUT
SHERWOOD HOUSE MEDICAL
PRACTICE
»Senior Partner: Dr Lawrence
Miller
»Partners: Dr Andy Chew,
DrRaza Irfan, Dr Hillary
Hofmann
»Founded in 1926
»Located in Birmingham
»Services: General practitioners
»No. of employees: 25
»No. of patients: 13,500
Sherwood House
Medical Practice
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
42 | SHERWOOD HOUSE MEDICAL PRACTICE
Sherwood House, Birmingham
More than 90 years serving
the local community
Sherwood House Medical Practice has been a part
of the Birmingham community since it was first
established in 1926. Managing Director Andy Chew tells
TheParliamentary Review
that the practice is proud to continue
a tradition of responsive, empathetic patient-centred care, a
tradition whereby every patient is an equal partner, treated with
respect and dignity whatever their treatment choices. Andy
elaborates on the rich history of Sherwood House, which was
established more than 90 years ago by a Dr Jackson-Smith, who
used to visit patients’ homes in a horse-drawn carriage.
General practice is in crisis. A King’s Fund review published in 2016 found that
consultations grew by 15 per cent between 2010 and 2015. Over the same period
the GP workforce grew by 4.65 per cent and the practice nurse workforce fell by
2.85 per cent. Funding for primary care as a share of the overall NHS budget fell
every year in the five-year period.
More recently, as reported in
The Guardian
, GP surgery closures across the UK have
reached an all-time high: 138 GP premises closed in 2018 compared to 18 in 2013.
Our history
Our practice was first established in 1926 by Dr George Jackson-Smith at 560
Bearwood Road. The Thimblemill Library Reminiscence Project records that Dr
Jackson-Smith was an “authoritarian” and a “good doctor who did his house calls
by pony and trap”.
FACTS ABOUT
SHERWOOD HOUSE MEDICAL
PRACTICE
»Senior Partner: Dr Lawrence
Miller
»Partners: Dr Andy Chew,
DrRaza Irfan, Dr Hillary
Hofmann
»Founded in 1926
»Located in Birmingham
»Services: General practitioners
»No. of employees: 25
»No. of patients: 13,500
Sherwood House
Medical Practice
43SHERWOOD HOUSE MEDICAL PRACTICE |
HEALTH & SOCIAL WORK
The Campbell Practice, as it was then
known, became an independent
contractor of the NHS in 1948, with
the practice being led by Dr James K.
Steward, who was noted for his “good
humour, ability and hard work”. The
practice continued to enlarge and
in time it became apparent that a
more modern, functional surgery was
required to manage the ever-increasing
patient population.
This new surgery was built in 1963
on Sherwood Road, from which the
practice derives its current name. This
brought an increase in the number of
GP partners but, more importantly, of
patients too.
By the mid-1990s, it was apparent that
the practice size and patient needs
had once again outgrown the site on
Sherwood Road. In June 1998 The Rt
Hon Clare Short opened the current
premises on Sandon Road, from which
site the practice continues its ethos:
general practice of care from cradle
tograve.
Though Sherwood House Medical
Practice has been in existence for 93
years, it has only had 13 GP partners
and each of those has proudly served
the needs of the community for the
vast majority of their medical careers.
Modern methods for an old
practice
Despite our traditional approach
to patient care, the GP partners of
Sherwood House Medical Practice have
always been keen innovators – the
practice was one of the earliest to use
computers to record consultations.
Currently, we provide patients with
access to their records and repeat
prescriptions as well as the booking
of appointments both via traditional
PC networking and by apps on mobile
platforms. All of these avenues were
developed in-house in conjunction
with our local federation.
We strive to provide comprehensive
services beyond the core GP contract.
Provision of additional, specialised
services such as acupuncture,
contraception, ECG interpretation,
joint injection and minor surgery allow
for convenient, local access for our
patients, with services delivered by
doctors who have full access to their
medical histories.
This has the added benefit of reducing
pressure on our local hospitals,
who equally bear the increasing
strain of providing for our patients’
healthcareneeds.
A dedicated team who
continue to deliver
Despite our
traditional
approach to
patient care, the
GP partners of
Sherwood House
Medical Practice
have always
been keen
innovators – the
practice was one
of the earliest to
use computers
to record
consultations
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Walk this way
We boast a very active patient
participation group that incorporates
a virtual PPG group, with over 250
members acting as first points of
contact to disseminate information
to the practice population. The PPG
has set up a morning walk club that
meets once a week for a walk around
the area. This serves to encourage a
regular exercise routine but also helps
our patients to rekindle a connection
to the local community: a good thing
given the ever-increasing isolation of
modern living.
The practice is strongly committed
to educating the next generation of
doctors. Four of our five partners are
honorary lecturers of the Birmingham
University Medical Faculty and help
deliver community-based modules for
years one to four. The partners also
train both foundation doctors and
specialist trainees and we have four to
six trainees every year. Feedback from
medical students and trainees has been
extremely positive about their time
spent at the practice.
We understand that general practices
are under increasing pressure. Being
a GP is not always glamorous, but
we think it is still the best job in
theworld.
While we sometimes get things wrong,
we believe that to be able to help our
patients, and for them to share a small
part of their lives with us, allows us
to experience their joy and grief. We
are privileged to see people’s devotion
in caring for their loved ones, which
offers us a chance to learn from them.
Long may general practice and the
NHS continue.
The practice is
strongly
committed to
educating the
next generation
of doctors.
Four of our
five partners
are honorary
lecturers of the
Birmingham
University
Medical Faculty
» OUR PATIENT-ORIENTATED CARE
AND SERVICES
General practice faces intense pressure to provide
more appointments than ever before.
There are economies of scale to be found and, as such,
we are part of SDSMyHealthcare – a GP federation
that encompasses 56 practices and a third of the
Birmingham population.
The practice continues to believe in the strength of
the traditional GP model whereby care of patients is
led by a doctor who they can see regularly and build a
relationship with. The importance of this is exemplified in
the latest NHS England GP Patient Survey, which shows
that 59 per cent of our patients “got to see or speak to
their preferred GP”, with a local average of 46 per cent
and a national average of 50 per cent. The survey also
noted that 99 per cent of respondents “had confidence
and trust in the healthcare professional they saw or
spoke to during their last general practice appointment”
compared to the local average of 95 per cent and a
national average of 96 per cent. We continue to be a
doctor-led service with named partners leading the work
on specific chronic diseases. This means that patients
with such diseases can be confident that the doctor
seeing them can optimise their healthcare with the full
knowledge of their complex medical histories.

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This article was sponsored by Sherwood House Medical Practice. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development