Wolstanton Medical Centre becomes Keele Academic Practice

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Posted on 03 August 2017

Keele University, NHS North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups are delighted to announce that Wolstanton Medical Centre will be the first Keele Academic General Practice established in Northern Staffordshire. 

The Primary Care Research Consortium, which is comprised of key stakeholders from the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences and primary care partners in Northern Staffordshire, developed plans for supporting an Academic General Practice as part of a joint strategy with Keele University and its NHS Partners. 

The project aims to transform an existing general practice into a beacon of practice for innovation, education, training, research and testing/evaluating new models of care for potential roll-out (regionally and nationally). Working alongside Keele University, the Academic Practice will help to develop strategies to further enhance research and innovation, which will link in with the West Midlands Clinical Research Network to support the delivery of NIHR research studies.

Chair of the Primary Care Research Consortium, Dr Julie Oxtoby expressed her delight for the new project because it "presents a real opportunity for both the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences and general practice, and will, in due time, help to improve the quality of clinical care in Northern Staffordshire and beyond". 

Expressions of interest were welcomed from General Practices within the local area, which recieved an enthusiastic response from over a dozen practices. Following a rigorous shortlisting and interview process, the Primary Care Research Consortium were delighted to appoint Wolstanton Medical Centre. Dr Mark Shapley, Senior Partner at Wolstanton Medical Centre was delighted with the outcome, commenting that "this is a wonderful development which will continue to drive forward innovation alongside Keele University and the Clinical Commissioning Group for patient care and achieve a world-class community-based health care system". 

Wolstanton's Medical Centre's Patient Group have shown great support for the recent appointment, with John Maddison, Chairman of the group and member of Keele's Research User Group commenting; 

During the several years of my involvement in research as a PPIE (Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement) member, I have developed considerable respect for GPs, physiotherapists and medical professionals who work with the University, some of whom already work at our surgery. I therefore have great confidence that this new collaboration will benefit both the University and our own surgery.