We are piloting a new ‘place-based model’ in parts of Gloucestershire.

Essentially, these are local communities, with GP practice populations at their core. They involve health, social care and voluntary and community sector organisations working together to provide services for these natural communities.

The model will be big enough to allow for input from service providers and small enough to support the feeling of a coherent community that can meet and support the needs of local people.

This locality has been grouped into four ‘clusters’ based around GP practice populations (Berkeley Vale, Stroud Central, Frampton/Stonehouse and Stroud Rural).

We are currently developing strategies which we hope will reduce the need for people to visit a hospital.