General Practice Forward View

NAPC has always identified Primary Care in both form, a level in a health system and function, a strategy for organising approaches to care. Primary Care remains the first point of contact for health needs which must be patient, not disease led.

Dr Nav Chana, NAPC Chairman said today “We welcome the additional funding for the NHS, with investment targeted to primary care leading to the development of new models of primary and community care as set out in the FYFV. New models of care, for example the Primary Care Home, focused on improving outcomes that matter to people could go a long way to providing the solutions we need for a sustainable NHS.”

Dr Chana went on to say “Primary care organised around general practice has a pivotal role to play but it must be transformed to face challenges. We encourage this transformation to recognise the wider primary care workforce to support general practice to meet the health and social care needs of its population.”

NAPC welcomes the changes to help practices with workforce and care redesign to alleviate workload pressure, in particular, the statements in the General Practice Forward View on expanding and supporting GPs and the wider primary care staffing. Never has the need been greater for more sophisticated, practical and workable approaches to recruitment and retention, as well as encouraging strong endeavours to collaborative working, building partnerships and developing the primary care skills mix.

“Self care, patient activation and promoting practice and pharmacy based care navigation has been a strong focus for the NAPC and we are encouraged that these and others have been identified as part of the solution to a sustainable primary and community health care system.

“In order to really make a difference to the health of our communities, we have to have the will and the means to build collaborative networks, embracing technology better and recognising and developing a different skill mix within and across primary care teams.“ Dr Chana said.

NAPC also welcomes the continued approach to bureaucracy reduction and plans to streamline CQC inspections.

Dr James Kingsland, President of NAPC said “We welcome NHS England’s commitment to reducing bureaucracy and support technological innovations that will enable professionals to spend more time with their patients. Clinicians must be liberated from over burdensome administrative work which deflects from
patient care.”

As an organisation at the forefront of defining and testing new models of working through its Primary Care Innovation Network (PIN), National Association of Provider Organisations (NAPO), National Primary Care Network (NPCN) and Nurses Voice, NAPC will continue to encourage and empower primary care to try
new things to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

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