Wansford Health

Highlighting best practice as a representative in The Parliamentary Review

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 Wansford Health is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

DirectorDr Amrit Takhar
Wansford surgery
entrance at sunrise
Wansford Health is a collaboration of medical
businesses based in rural Cambridgeshire. The group
was founded with the aim of delivering innovative
medical, pharmacy and digital solutions, and its guiding ethos
is to stay positive and adapt to challenges. Dr Amrit Takhar and
Dr Rhiannon Nally, founding partners and directors, explain that
the health service has not been short of challenges and discuss
how they will look to deliver an increasingly advanced service in
the community with the resources available.
Our rural campus includes a practice, a pharmacy and a research centre as well
as an independent dental practice called Wansford Smile Studio. We have grown
organically over the past 25 years and now employ 40 staff, whose core purpose is
to deliver high-quality medical care to our 8,000 registered patients.
Our staff team remains our key asset, with GPs, practice nurses, healthcare
assistants, paramedics, clinical pharmacists and a cardiology specialist nurse all
playing an important role in our highly skilled and experienced group. We enjoy
training the next generation of GPs and have two or three doctors in postgraduate
training at any one time.
Maintaining quality services
Rapid adaptation has been key to delivering our services effectively, in both
the GP surgery and the pharmacy. Our team have already been recognised for
»Directors:Dr Amrit Takhar and
Dr Rhiannon Nally
»Established in 1995
»Based inWansford,
»Services: General practice,
pharmacy, medical research,
medtech diagnostics
»No. of employees: 40
Wansford Health
Highlighting best practice
their collaboration by
Chemist and
magazine, which awarded
us “GPpartnership of the year”
in 2019. For efficiency, we have
adopted maximum IT usage. The GP
surgery system transmits electronic
prescriptions to the pharmacy which
is linked with a dispensing robot –
the first in a community pharmacy in
We have developed one of the most
advanced research teams in primary
care, with two full-time research
nurses and a trials coordinator. The
team have recruited 1,500 patients
in 60 research studies in the past 20
years. This work was recognised by the
Royal College of General Practitioners,
which named us “Research practice
of the year”. Our close involvement
with medical research studies allows
us to offer the latest technology and
treatments. Our latest major project is
testing the effectiveness and safety of
a new Covid-19 vaccine.
We are also hosting a cardiovascular
quality improvement teamwork project
alongside other practices in areas of
higher deprivation, thereby trying
to improve health inequalities. Initial
projects have included heart failure
and peripheral vascular disease.
We are building on our research and
innovation awards by developing
partnerships with European companies
to deliver advanced cardiac diagnostics
closer to patients as well as working
with local hospitals to deliver better
care for patients. We are working
with local practices in our primary
care network (PCN) to give access to
advanced cardiovascular diagnostics
to a wider Peterborough population
beyond our own practice.
Always innovating
We are the first UK site to use
CADScor, which is an innovative
new technology developed by the
Scandinavian company Acarix. It is
a non-invasive acoustic device with
artificial intelligence built in, which
can be used in patients with chest
pain to help rule out heart disease. In
essence, the device listens to the heart,
in order to detect blockages in the
coronary arteries. We have partnered
with Novastone to develop a secure
Wansford app, in order to improve
communication both between medical
professionals and with industry.
A community palpitations service has
been launched using Zenicor ECG
Bridge over River Nene,
Wansford village
We enjoy
training the
generation of
GPs and have
two or three
doctors in
training at any
one time
devices. These devices are taken home
by the patient, who can record an
instant 30-second ECG at the touch
of a button. The ECG is transmitted
by the device to a central server
for interpretation. This is especially
useful for detecting intermittent atrial
fibrillation, which, if undetected,
can be a common cause of strokes
in older patients. Younger patients
can be reassured if the ECG readings
A common theme for many of the
innovations delivered has been our
ability to combine medical skills with
partnering with the medtech industry,
which wants to showcase the latest
diagnostics in a real-world setting. This
then places us in a favourable position
for research grant and development
funds, creating a virtuous circle for
further investment.
Adjusting to the Covid-19
Last year was a very challenging one
for us, as for so many businesses.
Our working practices had to be
transformed over two weeks in March
2020 when the effects of Covid-19
were threatening to overwhelm the
NHS. We adapted our services to
include video consultations and a
greater use of telephones, which
helped to keep patients safe and
avoid increasing transmission in
the community. Once lockdown
was eased, we kept many of these
innovations as an improvement, and
many patients have reported that this
has been more convenient.
We believe the major challenges
facing the health sector are workforce
challenges, as there is a significant
shortage of GPs and nurses to look
after an ageing population. It is
important that the workforce is
allowed to deliver innovative solutions
in health and that the burden of
regulation is reduced. We believe that
GPs work best when they are given
the freedom to innovate and look after
their own patients, without excessive
interference and top-down-imposed
rules and regulations. The essence of
professionalism is attitude – knowing
what to do and then doing it with
passion and purpose.
We are the first
UK site to use
which is an
innovative new
developed by
Wansford research team

This article was sponsored by Wansford Health. 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 Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy