IT’S been a busy start to 2019 as we explore a pipeline of new business opportunities. They share the aim of helping patients across Bradford stay “Healthy, Happy at Home”. The launch of a Minor Eye Condition Service; a community-based approach to Paediatrics; and closer working with our hospital dermatology colleagues are among our priorities.

Dear Members

Since our last update, we have been working hard on our New Business Pipeline to identify opportunities that will benefit both patients and our members.

The sustainability of primary care and the system as a whole is our priority.

We aim to support system integration and delivery of the vision ‘Happy, Healthy at Home’.

Over the last four months we have been working closely with our colleagues in the Local Optical Council and the Hospital Eye Service to re-develop a business case for a Minor Eye Condition Service delivered by opticians across Bradford and Airedale.

Via GP referral, care navigation or self-referral, patients will have access to fully accredited optometrists who will be able to diagnose and treat minor eye conditions quickly and safely.

The Planned Care Board has supported the business case and we hope to have more news soon.

Meetings are ongoing to develop a community-based approach to Paediatrics with the Bradford VCS Alliance and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT).

We also continue to explore the opportunities of working more closely with BTHFT and community dermatology providers to support a growing and sustainable Community Dermatology Network.

Thank you for your continuing support – and I look forward to keeping you all updated as these initiatives progress.

Thank you

Dr Richard G Haddad

Chairman, Bradford Care Alliance