The Local Context

All thirty-two of ELR GP practices serving a registered population of around 322,000 patients have formally notified us of their intentions to join ELR GP Federation.

Those practices fall into three locality areas:

  • Melton Mowbray, Rutland and Market Harborough;
  • Oadby and Wigston;
  • Blaby District, Lutterworth and surrounding areas

Within each of the localities, a number of hubs are emerging with GP Practices coming together to provide more care locally.

The health of the local population is generally better than the overall population of England. However, there are a significant number of people affected by ill health, including GP diagnosed:

  • Coronary heart disease (10,837 people)
  • Hypertension (46,917 people)
  • Diabetes (16,145 people)

72% of all deaths in East Leicestershire and Rutland are from three major diseases:

  • Cardiovascular disease (29%)
  • Respiratory disease (12%)
  • Cancer (31%)
  • Other (28%)

Prevalence of long-term diseases in East Leicestershire and Rutland is increasing rapidly, particularly amongst the older age groups.

The population of East Leicestershire and Rutland is estimated to increase to 350,000 by 2025 with:
An increase of 66.6% in the 85+ age group
An increase of 28.6% in the 65-84 age group

Although a significant level of services to address these health needs are currently provided by general practices, the Federation will focus on providing extended and enhanced services to meet the needs of patients.

In particular, the Federation will need to place significant emphasis on the impact on general practice as a result of growing health needs, patient expectations and rising general practice costs.