Primary care homes delivering key NHS Long Term Plan initiatives

Primary care homes delivering key NHS Long Term Plan initiatives

NAPC’s primary care home model – an established primary care network – is already embracing and demonstrating many of the key initiatives unveiled today in the Long Term Plan to make the NHS fit for the future.

More than 200 primary care homes – with more being developed across three integrated care systems – are spearheading the transformation of primary care across England.

At the leading edge of providing integrated personalised care for more than more than 11 million patients, many NHS Long Term Plan initiatives are already underway across primary care homes including:

  • Proactive population health management approach (not only for moderate frailty but a whole-population approach)
  • Rapid community response teams to keep people out of hospital and speed up discharge and enable patients to stay active for longer
  • Expanded neighbourhood multi-disciplinary teams including district nursing
  • Partnerships with neighbouring trusts/local authorities breaking down the barriers between primary and acute, primary and community, primary and social care
  • Support for and strong links with local care homes
  •  Social prescribing – already well embedded in many PCHs
  • Clinical pharmacists working as a core component of the PCH and joint working with community pharmacy
  • Collaborative working with emergency services

NAPC Chair Dr Minesh Patel said: “This as an exciting and ambitious vision for the future of the NHS over the next decade. There are numerous examples of these initiatives across primary care homes – which are established primary care networks – which are already making a huge difference to patient care, empowering patients and reducing pressure across the system.”

Dr Nav Chana, NAPC’s joint national Primary Care Home Clinical Director, who was involved in the development of the NHS Long Term Plan, said: “With 220 primary care homes across England and many more being developed across integrated care systems and sustainability transformation partnerships, we see the primary care home model as the ideal vehicle to create fully integrated community-based healthcare.”

NAPC’s earlier response to the NHS Long Term Plan including the increased investment for primary and community care, can be viewed here.

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