New South Coast GP Alliance as Portsmouth and Southern Hampshire merge

Two organisations made up of GP practices in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire have formalised their close working arrangements and have officially formed a joint venture to become South Coast Alliance.

The organisation will continue to support GP practices in delivering the best services for patients with each local team focusing on their geographical areas. Back office and governance functions will be combined to create greater operational resilience, and Linda Stead, currently Director of Operations for Portsmouth Primary Care Alliance, will become Chief Operating Officer and lead the team across South Coast Alliance.

Kathryn Bannell, GP partner at Grange Surgery in Petersfield and Director at South Hampshire Primary Care Alliance, said: “We believe that both in and out of hours primary care in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire should be run by local doctors and their staff, who know their patients and are committed to delivering high quality care. The two organisations coming together secures that future and will provide a springboard for future opportunities.”

Initially, there will be little outward change to the way each organisation delivers its current contracts, but the Alliances will be represented on system-facing calls and meetings as the new organisation, South Coast Alliance. On 30 May, Southern Hampshire Primary Care Alliance will bid farewell to their Chief Operating Officer, Kerry Cooper, who has successfully led the alliance since 2019.

Dr Howard Smith, GP partner at Trafalgar Medical Group Practice and Director for Portsmouth Primary Care Alliance, said: “We’d like to thank everyone for their continued support of the local GP alliances. Bringing the two organisations together will help us in supporting the 729,000 residents in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, and to help us to plan for future opportunities to support our population in the most efficient and effective way.”

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