Dr Nav Chana, Chair of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), said: “We welcome NHS England’s continued commitment to transforming primary care and its push for the roll out of models like NAPC’s Primary Care Home programme designed to provide enhanced personalised care for populations of around 30-50,000.
“There are now 92 sites developing the Primary Care Home model and more than 50 sites that have applied to join the programme which will bring the number of patients covered by PCH in England to between five and six million.
“The value and impact of the PCH is already becoming clear and today we publish the first initial analysis of three rapid test sites Does the Primary Care Home make a difference?
“The findings of the report are very positive and indicate reductions in A&E attendances, emergency hospital admissions and GP referrals to hospital. The programme can unlock a range of benefits for practices and other providers involved in the programme including reduced prescribing costs and a rise in staff satisfaction and retention. Patients have experienced a drop in the average waiting time to see their GPs and reduced stays in hospital.”
Primary Care Home offers an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care to support the delivery of the Five Year Forward View. It brings together a range of health and social care professionals – from GP surgeries, community, mental health and acute trusts, social care and the voluntary sector – to focus on local health priorities and provide out of hospital care closer to patients’ homes.