NAPC and CHP, on behalf of NHSEI, have produced a PCN Estates Toolkit with a exclusive video tutorial to provide PCNs with a flexible framework and support process for producing robust primary care investment plans with clear priorities that align to wider ICS strategies.
The toolkit has been developed from the published NAPC guidance; Primary Care Networks: Critical thinking in developing an estate strategy, into practical tools for use and application. Its purpose is to support PCNs in delivering expanded services and new ways of integrated working to realise the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan. NAPC in collaboration with CHP have produced a practice guide for PCNs. It is designed as a starting point for networks embarking on and grappling with future estate needs.
Accessing the toolkit and exclusive video tutorial
The toolkit is accessible through the SHAPE platform with an exclusive video tutorial: https://shapeatlas.net/pcntoolkit/
The tutorial includes talks from Jon Murphy, Primary Care Estates, Commerical Directorate, NHS England and NHS Improvement, James Bawn, Area Director, Community Health Partnerships, Julia Sutton-McGough, NAPC Faculty Member, Laura Garnham, Partnering and Engagement Programme Manager, Community Health Partnerships and Matthew Walker, Director of Strategy, NAPC.
In the tutorial, the expert panel discuss:
- The ambition for the toolkit
- Introduction and steps to complete
- Contents and how to navigate the toolkit
- Brief overview of key sections
- A link at the end to a dedicated Q&A
- Next steps
To tune into the tutorial and access the toolkit, please visit the SHAPE platform: https://shapeatlas.net/pcntoolkit/
The NHS Long Term Plan (2019) sets out an ambitious 10-year agenda for change across the NHS in England. The aim is to deliver a new service model for healthcare and strengthen the contribution to the prevention of illness and addressing health inequalities.
For primary and community care it proposed a transformation in services, providing more co-ordinated delivery, offering patients more choice, better support and properly joined-up care at the right time and in optimal care settings. The ambition is to avoid up to a third of outpatient appointments, saving patients 30 million trips to hospital.
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are central to this transformation. They will drive change and collaboration across General Practice to rise to the demands on primary care and extend the range of local services by creating integrated teams of GPs, community health and social care staff.
The estate is a key enabler to primary care transformation, acting as a catalyst for changing the way services are delivered locally and support greater care in community-based settings. Integrated primary care provision needs modern, efficient buildings equipped with the latest technology to support the development and expansion of services. Evidence tells us that building quality is positively correlated to staff morale, retention and patient experience.
The future estate must evolve in line with service developments. The buildings need to be reliable and well maintained with the capacity to cope with future demands.
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