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Working in Clusters

Our Plan for a Primary care Service for Wales up to 2018, the primary care strategy for Wales, reinforces the importance of bringing together and fostering collaboration at a local community level between:
• Those responsible for assessing the needs of the community and planning and securing care to meet that need.
• Those who deliver that care.
• Those who receive that care.
 
Most people in Wales are registered with a local GP practice. Health boards have already
created local planning mechanisms by clustering several adjacent GP practices together using their combined registered populations to create a small local planning population.
 
There are 64 of these primary care clusters across Wales, although they are still relatively immature structures, which have focused so far on promoting collaboration between local GP practices.
 
Health boards are charged with supporting the rapid development of each of the clusters
in their area. This will involve drawing in all planners and providers of local services and
other community resources and local people, becoming increasingly directly accountable for
the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve and the use of available resources.
Health board directors of primary, community and mental health will lead cluster development and support this work by developing a national set of core governance standards for clusters.
 
Primary care clusters are expected to develop three-year plans which in turn will shape and underpin the health board level integrated medium term plans. GP clusters are charged with working together and with partners to meet local need.
Further information on Primary Care Clusters is available on the GP One website http://www.gpone.wales.nhs.uk/clusters  Information on the health needs and plans for each cluster can be found on the Public Health Observatory website http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/922/page/67714