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Welcome to East Lancashire Medical Services

East Lancashire Medical Service (ELMS) is a Social Enterprise organisation delivering Urgent Primary Care 365 days per year.

Social Enterprise Mark

We are delighted to confirm that ELMS have been selected as a finalist. Social Enterprise were very impressed with our submission and feel it is a great example of how accredited social enterprises are creating significant impact on society and the world around us.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to vote for us from the link below.

Slavery Statement

Working within the health sector, ELMS recognise that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.

We are absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities, and to ensuring that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

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ELMS Statement on Slaidburn

East Lancashire Medical Services (ELMS) are a not for profit Community Benefits Society that currently manages the GP service in Slaidburn. Dr Asif Garda is ELMS Clinical Chair and it is his name that is on the current GMS contract.

We have maintained the service since 2014, despite the financial pressure this has created for ELMS (and previous GP Principals) due to the higher costs of delivering a service in a rural setting and reductions in the contract payments that disproportionately affected small rural GP Practices like Slaidburn.

ELMS had been in discussions with East Lancashire CCG (who buy medical services for the local population) about the level of funding necessary to support the service since it came into the Practice in 2014. Some progress was made recently around funding including the CCG’s interpretation of the DH atypical funding guidance, for which Slaidburn was the rural model. However, the CCG did not guarantee what ELMS considered an appropriate level of long-term funding, based only on a 2-year contract and ELMS had concerns around the CCG service specification. ELMS therefore decided it had no option but to notify the CCG that it was unable to maintain the service and make losses.

ELMS continues to maintain the service to patients during its six month notice period up to 30 September 2019 while the CCG seeks to identify an alternative provider and the CCG process is still in hand.

We are keen that this patient focused service is maintained long-term and ELMS will facilitate a transition to a new provider should that be the decision of the CCG; this could include a further short- term contract extension if this allows the CCG to ensure there is a viable service offer for the patients of Slaidburn for the future, but again that is a decision for the CCG.

(Site updated 30/08/2019)
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