Suffolk GP Federation CIC

Suffolk GP Federation CIC is a not-for-profit Federation owned by 58 GP practices.  As well as supporting its members it provides a suite of services.  These include Out of Hours, ED streaming and Extended Access in Suffolk. It also directly manages three GP surgeries and provides community and mental health services.

The Federation was established to enable primary care to ‘work at scale’. We do this by:

  • Facilitating practices working together in an open, democratic and transparent way
  • Addressing issues which are optimally solved by collaboration (rather than by individual practices)
  • Providing a management infrastructure, skills and expertise that an individual practice would find uneconomic to employ

The Federation manages two types of activity:

Primary care

  • Supporting complex service changes including collaboration between groups of practices or the transfer of work from hospitals into the community and primary care
  • Leading a Suffolk wide workforce development programme including GP recruitment and retention programmes, support for salaried and locum GPs, practice managers, nurse, administration staffs and allied health professionals
  • Delivering services where it is sensible for one organisation to take a management lead
  • Support for member practices e.g. organising bulk discounts for medical defence cover

Services for patients – the Federation manages a portfolio of services including:

  • Urgent care – extended access and out of hours in Suffolk
  • Community services such as ultrasound, community cardiology, community pain and diabetes in North East Essex
  • Primary care – three practices

David Pannell
01473 344930
Riverside Clinic
2 Landseer Road
IP3 0AZ Ipswich
United Kingdom