The leading membership bodies for trusts and primary care providers have announced their intention to work more closely together.
NHS Providers and the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) plan to work together in response to the ambitions of the NHS Long Term plan to champion integration between primary and secondary care to support more integrated and personalised health and care services for local populations.
The move will support providers across primary and secondary care with practical help to deliver the plan’s ‘triple aim’ – better health for everyone, better care for all patients, and sustainability, both for the local NHS system and for the wider NHS.
Trust boards already see primary care as one of their most important partners in ensuring integrated pathways and the delivery of high quality care that patients expect and deserve.
The two organisations will work together to explore and promote effective collaboration between primary care and trusts with a strong emphasis on learning from NAPC’s primary care home model – the model that has influenced national primary care network policy and shown the ‘art of the possible’.
The chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson said:
“I am delighted to announce that in the future NHS Providers and the NAPC will be working much more closely together to mirror the way that our respective members are now working more closely together.
“This is recognition of the fact that trusts see primary care colleagues as one of their most important partners in delivering services. We know that it is vital that primary and secondary care work together seamlessly across this artificial divide at the heart of the NHS. This is essential for integrated, high-quality and efficient patient care.
“This partnership comes at a critical and opportune time as we see the roll out of primary care networks at a local level and as we seek to support and learn from a range of models for trusts to progress partnerships with primary care bodies. This includes structural integration, networks, partnerships and opportunities to work with primary care at scale via federations and super partnerships.
“As part of our new three-year strategy, we agreed with members that we would strengthen our work in primary care, broaden our understanding, explore and promote models of primary / secondary care collaboration and develop deeper relationships with key primary care colleagues.
“We look forward to working with colleagues at NAPC, as a key part of this work, to add value to trusts and their partners across our respective members.”
NAPC’s joint national clinical director Dr Nav Chana said: “We are delighted to be working with NHS Providers on our next phase of integration work. As we continue to innovate and shape the future of health care – building on the primary care home model – it is clear there is need to improve integration across providers within neighbourhoods with a focus on improving population health.
“The evidence suggests that key to the success of integrated care will be multi-agency high-performing teams working across providers in the system taking a proactive approach to improving the health and well being of their population.
“Over the coming months we will be designing and testing integration models with providers based on our organisational development approach – which has been tried and tested with primary care homes – to fulfil the aspirations of the NHS Long Term Plan. The aim is to come up with practical real solutions for the provider community which can be rolled out across England.”
Notes to editors
About NHS Providers
- NHS Providers is the membership organisation for NHS acute hospitals, community, mental health and ambulance services
- NHS Providers acts as the public voice for those NHS trusts, helping to deliver high-quality care by promoting shared learning, providing support and development and shaping the strategic system in which our members operate
- NHS Providers has all trusts in membership
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About the National Association of Primary Care
The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) is a leading membership organisation representing the interests of primary care professionals including general practitioners, nurses, practice staff, pharmacists, opticians and dentists. It is at the centre of shaping the future of healthcare, spreading innovation, influencing policy, supporting and connecting professionals across primary care – enabling them to provide world-class sustainable patient-centred healthcare.
NAPC are the architects of the primary care home (PCH) model – the original primary care network which was launched in 2015 by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens. There are now more than 240 PCHs across England and many more emerging where we have worked with ICSs and STPs across England – bringing the total number of networks that NAPC has been involved with to more than 300 across the health system. The PCH model has been at the forefront of integrated care in England and has informed the development of national PCN policy as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and Investment and evolution: the five-year framework for GP contract reform.
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