The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) announced today (18 October) that its primary care home programme has reached a major milestone with more than 200 sites now serving eight million patients across England.
NAPC Chair Dr Nav Chana made the announcement at the opening of the organisation’s annual conference Best Practice at Birmingham’s NEC.
“Just two years after NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens launched the programme at this conference, we now have a community of practice dedicated to delivering new ways of working for the benefit of 14 per cent of England’s population,” said Dr Chana.
“The programme has gained huge momentum this year with the addition of more than 100 new sites. There have been some inspiring results from our rapid test sites – particularly around recruitment and staff satisfaction. Applications continue to come in from primary care colleagues keen to join what seems to have all the hallmarks of a growing social movement.”
The latest to join the programme is Bradford which will be developing 12 primary care homes across the city.
Dr Himat Thandi, Clinical Director at Bradford Care Alliance Community Interest Company, said; “We are all excited to have enabled the NAPC’s primary care home programme to reach its 200 site milestone.”
Developed by the NAPC, the model is an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care. It is part of the new care models programme and is featured in the Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View as part of the practical delivery plans to transform primary care over the next two years.
As a primary care home, health and social care professionals with the voluntary sector come together as a complete care community to focus on local population needs and provide care closer to patients’ home.
NAPC president Dr James Kingsland said: “Besides clear benefits for patients, we’re also seeing improved morale and motivation returning among our primary care colleagues. It’s still early days, but there’s evidence of a positive impact on prevention, an increase in primary care capacity and freeing up of GP time.”
Over the two days of Best Practice, primary care home sites who’ve been driving forward new, integrated ways of working will be telling their stories and the positive impact they have been having locally. The conference will hear from:
Thanet Health Care in Kent – where the primary care home set up an acute response team to provide a range of treatment and personal care to keep people out of hospital. Over a 10-week trial period in 2016/17, non-elective admissions fell by 155 compared with the same period in the previous year, indicating potential annual savings of £300,000.
Granta and Shelford in Cambridge – as a result of working at scale, patients now have access to GP appointments on some days from 6.30am until 8pm and in urgent cases same day appointments are achieved within two hours of patients making the call.
Beacon Medical Group in Plymouth – by expanding its urgent care teams, the group cut the average waiting times for GP appointments by six days. Early analysis shows there have been 330 fewer GP referrals to hospital and an eight-day reduction in average length of stay for care home residents admitted to hospital.
For further information/interviews contact NAPC Communications Lead Caroline Thomsett:
Tel: 07786 557 145