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  • GP Practice Maps is an invaluable tool when reviewing requests from GP practices to make changes to their boundaries.

    Denise Williams, Patient Data Manager

Understanding the distribution of patients within a practice area is vital for planning the effective delivery of services to improve healthcare, whilst making efficiency savings. Developed by the award-winning HealthGIS Team, now part of South West Commissioning Support (SWCS), GP Practice Maps provide geographical context to patient data for evidence-based analysis and decision making.

The challenge

To aid service delivery, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), GPs and practice managers all need to quickly and easily understand the distribution of their patients in relation to GP practice boundaries.

The solution

GP Practice Maps show practice boundaries, surgery locations and population-spread against a range of Ordnance Survey backdrop data, including electoral and administrative boundary information and street-level mapping. This helps GPs and CCGs to understand where their patients are located in relation to their practice boundaries, providing evidence to support primary care contract monitoring, service development and patient registration.

GP Practice Maps is an invaluable tool when reviewing requests from GP practices to make changes to their boundaries. At a glance we are able to see GP practice coverage for an area, the population spread and other local practice boundaries. The maps are easy to interpret and provide all the necessary information to make informed decisions quickly.

Denise Williams, Patient Data Manager, Avon Primary Care Support

As a definitive source of practice boundaries, the map acts as a single shared point of reference, which reduces the amount of time spent responding to contractual enquiries, as well as questions about registration from the potential patients. Other information, such as hospitals, can be included on request and the maps are available on demand for those using the HealthGIS web portal.

To calculate practice areas, GP Practice Maps uses OS MasterMap® Integrated Transport Network™ (ITN) Layer which maps Great Britain’s road network – from motorways to pedestrian streets and alleys – as well as the precise geographic location for each postcode unit in the UK provided by Code-Point®. Both are supplied under the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA), which makes Ordnance Survey geographic data free at the point of use for all local authorities, central government departments and qualifying health organisations in England and Wales.

The benefits

  • Allows quick and easy visualisation of information in geographic context to aid service delivery.
  • Reduces time spent responding to contractual GP boundary issues and queries from the public, by referring to the map which acts as a single, shared point of reference.
  • Enables evidence-based analysis and decision-making to deliver efficiency savings and improved services.
  • Offers mapping in a choice of formats, including via the HealthGIS online portal, which further saves time.
  • Evidence to support primary care contract monitoring, service development and patient registration.

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