The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) welcomes a new blueprint for the NHS for the next 10 years and the early reports on the continued emphasis on integrated care to make the NHS fit for the future through bringing organisations together to provide better joined up care.
Our primary care home model – an established primary care network – is already demonstrating the benefits of this approach breaking down the barriers between primary and acute care – for example in Granta, Beacon Medical Group and Fleetwood Primary Care Homes – as well as bringing care communities together from across health and social care, the voluntary sector, community pharmacy, dental and sensory services to redesign care centred around local population health needs.
A key component is centred on team-based care – keeping older people out of hospital as well as enabling patients who have been admitted to return home as soon as possible. Social prescribing and initiatives empowering residents to take responsibility for their health are also enabling people to live longer healthier lives.
As well as more than 200 primary care home sites across England serving nine million patients, 16% of the population – we are spreading the model across three integrated care systems (ICSs) and more than a dozen sustainable transformation partnerships (STPs).
Further confirmation of the ramping up of investment in primary and community care (to the tune of £4.5 billion) and the guarantee that spending for this sector will grow faster than the overall NHS budget is very welcome and much needed to address the pressure and speed up transformation.
We see vast amounts of energy to change services and make a difference for patients, the impact will be sharply increased through further investment. Primary care is not only the bedrock of the NHS but the gateway for health and wellbeing for 66.5 million people in England.
A further statement will be released once the NHS Long Term Plan is published in full.