About Us

We are proud to support GPs to provide high quality care to over 190,000 people across Herefordshire.

Taurus Healthcare is a GP federation. It is owned by all of the General Practices in Herefordshire and is run by them. Established in 2012, we support practices to work together to deliver better and more resilient services for patients locally. This includes delivering clinical services that they wouldn’t individually be able to provide.

Our shareholders are all Herefordshire General Practices – we are a limited company, but we don’t pay dividends. Any surplus we make is reinvested into providing improved healthcare for the people of Herefordshire now and in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Aims

To support local practices 

 

For example, by helping with recruitment, managing staff and management support, so that they can focus on caring for their patients

To provide clinical services

On behalf of local practices. For example, when surgeries are closed or when it makes sense to deliver a single service across the county

To work with local health and social care organisations

We represent the views of General Practice at local health and care meetings to ensure care is shaped around the needs of our local population

Our Vision & Values

We believe that General Practice is the cornerstone of our health and care system, providing holistic care to individuals and families to live independent, healthy, fulfilled lives.

Taurus GP Federation was created by all Herefordshire GP practices to support this ethos, to collaborate and maximise the time that GPs and their teams have to focus on patient care. 

Working together allows us to support various back office and management functions. It also enables us to deliver some clinical services that require scale in order to provide general practice services across 24 hours, 7 days a week.

GP practices retain their individual leadership and responsibilities, but are supported by a wider leadership team underpinned by the Federation. This enables us to partner with local health and social care organisations, to help coordinate prevention and early intervention and maximise opportunities for more ‘joined up’ care.

So, our Vision is: To be recognised as trusted experts, delivering high quality General Practice for the people of Herefordshire.

Underpinned by our Values: Collaborative working. To always care and be compassionate to our patients and teams.

Taurus healthcare AGM reports

Our AGM

Read the Taurus Healthcare Annual General Reports to learn more about what we do.

2018/19 2019/20 2020/21

Our Timeline

2012
  • Taurus Healthcare Ltd was formed, initially employing around five staff and based in a small office at Wargrave House Surgery.
  • Herefordshire Musculoskeletal Service (MSK) commences (delivered by Taurus Healthcare).This was the first service to be offered by Taurus Healthcare (for a period of 20 months). It offered a specialist assessment and treatment service for musculoskeletal conditions (those involving bones, muscles, tendons, joints and nerves). 
2013
  • MSK Any Qualified Provider Service:The aim of this service was to provide a comprehensive, easily accessible patient-centred lower back and neck pain service in the community.
    It delivered high quality treatment and an efficient service to patients, using local, well-established therapists.
2014
  • 7 Day Pilot (Prime Ministers Challenge Fund): The first Taurus-run Improved Access Services. A number of different initiatives were piloted, including an Adolescent Outreach Service that provided clinics in schools and colleges.

  • Integrated Care Practitioner Service: A service that was run with nurses and Occupational Therapists whereby patients were supported through their discharge by telephone to ensure they had the medication they needed and to help with transition back into the community. 

  • NHS Health Checks: These are targeted at adults in England, aged 40-74, and are designed to spot the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. Taurus Healthcare continues to support NHS Health Checks in all 20 Herefordshire GP practices.
2015
  • 7 Day Service: Business as Usual

  • Taurus given MOU to represent all Practices: Taurus was asked to represent  General Practice in discussions around the development of Integrated Care Systems.

  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Training Hub launched. The Hub provides a central portal to a wide range of training and personal development opportunities targeted at the healthcare sector. For further information, please visit the dedicated website.
2016
  • Taurus represents practices at STP and One Herefordshire to provide one voice for all 20 Herefordshire General Practices.

  • Zero Tolerance launched. Through this service, we supply routine and urgent care to a very small number of patients who have been removed from their practice’s list. We look to support engagement and then returning to a practice’s usual list as soon as possible.

  • Sexual Health Service in partnership with Worcestershire Health and Care Trust. Taurus Healthcare worked in partnership with Worcestershire Health and Care Trust under the banner of ‘Herefordshire Health Partnership’ to provide a specialist sexual health service for the county.
2017
  • Primary Care Home across Integrated Care Alliance. Primary Care Homes were the predecessors for Primary Care Networks. Taurus signed up to the National Association of Primary Care to build on the work it was already undertaking.  The Alliance included colleagues from Wye Valley Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group working together to discuss how to develop our Primary Care Home. This included four key elements: delivering personalised care with improvements in population health outcomes; delivering to a defined, registered population of between 30-50,000; aligned clinical and financial drivers; and an integrated workforce.  
2018
  • Out of Hours Service: Taurus Healthcare provides the face-to-face and home visiting elements of the GP Out of Hours service. The service provides urgent medical advice and treatment to Herefordshire residents and visitors to the county when GP surgeries are closed.

  • Ledbury Market Surgery: Taurus Healthcare ran Ledbury Market Surgery until 2020 to provide the resilience that ensured the practice didn’t close.

  • A+E Streaming Pilot: This pilot project placed General Practice at the front door of A&E and was trialling different pathways into the A&E service.

  • TeamNet established, providing a ‘one stop’ source of information for General Practice, including information from Taurus Healthcare, the CCG and other partners.

  • DATEX and Quality: an integrated incident reporting tool that was made available to all practices
2019
  • Primary Care Networks came into being.

  • Launched Recruitment Service, assisting General Practice to source the staff they need, including to Additional Roles (ARRS) such as Clinical Pharmacists, Social Prescribers and First Response Physios.

  • GP Provider Board established - now known as the GP Provider Forum. The Forum provides a vehicle for General Practice across the two counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire to come together.

 

2020
  • Covid Management Service established. This was a dedicated telephone line that took referrals of COVID positive patients from GP practices, NHS111, care homes, Wye Valley NHS Trust and other healthcare practitioners. Once referred, patients were contacted daily by Taurus Healthcare clinical team members who checked on their progress and recovery, offered advice and reassurance and discharged them once they were better.

  • Weekend Care Home Service set up. This service provided additional weekend support to care homes for residents who were unwell or who had a non-emergency and non-COVID related medical need.

  • Amber hubs set up – for patients for queried covid infection. These were separate, COVID-safe facilities to provide face-to-face medical support for patients with queried COVID infection.

  • Super Green Service set up - for vulnerable and ‘shielding’ patient care and support. Nurse-led clinics set up for vulnerable and ‘shielding’ patient to receive essential medical care and support. The service went on to receive an award from The Nursing Times (2020) under the Infection Prevention and Control category. 
2021
  • Herefordshire General Practice Leadership Team established. The Team comprises Clinical Directors from each of Herefordshire’s five PCNs, members of the Taurus Executive team, Herefordshire’s GP Federation Leader, the Local Medical Committee’s Secretary and the Director of Primary Care from Herefordshire and Worcestershire’s Clinical Commissioning Group. Its role is to support General Practice sustainability and resilience and to provide coordinated leadership and the voice of General Practice at Place and ICS level.

Our Board

Taurus Healthcare now employs over 100 people, based in our corporate offices, within Primary Care Networks and within Practices. You can meet our Board Members here.

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