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The Antrim Ballymena GP Federation was set up by local GPs in an environment of increasing workload and a workforce crisis in General Practice.  It is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee and registered as ‘Federation of Family Practices Antrim and Ballymena CIC’.  It is made up of 26 practices covering over 130,000 patients.  Members remain as individual practices but collaborate to develop improved local primary care.  

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Antrim Ballymena GP Practices

Crumlin Medical

Maine Medical Ahoghill

Brenaghmore Medical

Antrim Castle Surgery

Oriel Surgery

Cullybackey Health Centre

Slemish View Medical Practice

The Gables Medical Centre

Waveney Medical Practice

Ballymena Family Practice

Broughshane Medical Practice

Portglenone H/C

Seven Towers Practice

Smithfield Medical Centre

Kells & Connor Medical Centre

The Family Practice Antrim

Antrim Health Centre

Maine Medical Cullybackey

Antrim Health Centre

Braid Family Practice

Toome Surgery

Randalstown Medical Practice

Glens of Antrim

Rockfield Medical Ballymena

Old Bank Surgery

Dr Alan Lewis

Chair

Dr Allen McCullough

Treasurer 

Dr John Goodrich

Secretary and Educational Lead

Dr Susan Sproule

GPP GP Lead

Aislinn McCarry

Lead General Practice Pharmacist

Joanne Caldwell

Lead General Practice Pharmacist

Anne Witherow

Lead Nurse

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Antrim Ballymena Executive Team Meetings - Minutes

The minutes are password protected, please contact NFSU on:
info@northernfsu.co.uk
02896208333

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View our GP Practice locations here

General Practice Pharmacists

General Practice Pharmacists (GPPs) work as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary general practice team. In addition to the practice team, the GPP works within and is supported by the local GPP team and NI-wide GPP network. Every GP practice in NI avails of the services of a GPP through membership of the GP Federation. Although GPPs have a well-defined and wide ranging remit, the GPP role within an individual practice can vary according to practice need and priorities but the core elements of the GPP role will be medication review, reconciliation of medicines following discharge / change, prescribing system review and management, chronic disease management with/without prescribing responsibilities, answering queries from patients and other members of healthcare team, formulary and guideline implementation, optimising use of medicines budget, clinical audit.

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Trainee General Practice Nursing

Within GP nursing services, the Federation employs nurses undergoing a range of training programmes including the Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) programme, non-medical prescription and General Practice Nurse (GNP) programmes.

 

These programmes run in partnership with the University of Ulster and on successful completion, the nurses remain as GP Federation employees based within GP practices

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Education 

Dr Goodrich is our Educational GP Lead. Dr Goodrich facilitates training events for all the practices in the Federation on designated days throughout the year and recently throughout the pandemic via zoom. The training and update material is GP practice specific; we aim to deliver true multi-disciplinary training days that delivers to all members of the primary care team, both clinical and non-clinical. Our agenda is driven by the feedback and needs of our practice teams.

See Educational content here >
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Elective Care Services (ECR)

Elective Care Reform services have now been running for the last 4 years.  These services, which are Dermatology, Musculoskeletal (MSK), Primary Care Surgical Services (PCSS), Gynaecology and Vasectomy have been structured within a Primary Care setting for GPs to refer into, where GPESs (GPs with Enhanced Skills) manage the individual conditions with initial and review appointments.

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Education 

Dr Goodrich is our Educational GP Lead. Dr Goodrich facilitates training events for all the practices in the Federation on designated days throughout the year and recently throughout the pandemic via zoom. The training and update material is GP practice specific; we aim to deliver true multi-disciplinary training days that delivers to all members of the primary care team, both clinical and non-clinical. Our agenda is driven by the feedback and needs of our practice teams.

Blood Pressure

Elective Care Services (ECR)

Elective Care Reform services have now been running for the last 4 years.  These services, which are Dermatology, Musculoskeletal (MSK), Primary Care Surgical Services (PCSS), Gynaecology and Vasectomy have been structured within a Primary Care setting for GPs to refer into, where GPESs (GPs with Enhanced Skills) manage the individual conditions with initial and review appointments.

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The Northern GP Federation Support Unit came into existence in 2016 and supports four individual GP Federations namely:

 

  1. Antrim & Ballymena GP Federation

  2. Causeway GP Federation

  3. East Antrim GP Federation

  4. Mid Ulster GP Federation

 

The Northern GP Federation Support Unit works collaboratively alongside 73 GP Practices across the province, employing approximately 150 staff.

Federation Support Units provide administrative, project support, finance management, payroll services and HR advise/support to the four Federations within Northern GP Federation Support Unit (NFSU).  NFSU is staffed by a small team who are always available to help employees with queries regarding payroll, HR matters or any other query you may have.

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