The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement that the NHS Long Term Plan will guarantee that primary and community care receive “a growing share of overall NHS spending”.
The news was part of a statement of an additional £3.5 billion a year for primary and community in real terms by 2023/4.
It follows the Health and Social Care Secretary’s speech to the NAPC Annual Conference in Birmingham last month when Matt Hancock said: “As we put that £20 billion extra into the NHS, we must change the balance of spending and shift our focus to keeping people well, living in the community, and out of hospital for longer”.
The NAPC supports the ramping up of investment in primary care which – despite huge drive, commitment and energy from many across the sector – has been struggling to find investment to free up time to lead transformation locally.
NAPC Chair, Dr Minesh Patel said: “Additional investment will help to unlock the time for primary care to develop more integrated working through the primary care home model and other primary care networks forging relationships with community, secondary and social care colleagues as well as the voluntary sector.
“We see vast amounts of energy among colleagues to make a difference for patients and improve population health outcomes but hear of the hurdles in pushing ahead with their aspirations because of lack of investment while continuing to meet increased demand.”
NAPC also backs the commitment to increase community-based rapid response teams as part of a joined-up approach to integrated care. These are already evident across primary care homes (PCH) where sites are redesigning care wrapped around patients to keep people out of hospital and enable them to be discharged earlier.
One example is Thanet Health PCH which set up an acute response team in November 2016 bringing together professionals from primary, secondary and community care to provide joined-up care for frail, older patients and those with complex, multiple conditions. The team is made up of a GP, nurses, a healthcare assistant, occupational therapist, physiotherapists, volunteer care workers and care agency staff.
The team see an average of 35 patients a day but only two to three need to be admitted to hospital. Thanet Health PCH’s rapid response team is captured in this video on primary care home.
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