New care model style primary care programme launched to transform care

The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) has today announced the launch of a new programme to support the strengthening of primary care in line with the new care models outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Endorsed by NHS England, the new programme builds on NAPC’s Primary Care Home initiative and is tailored to meet the health and social needs of a community of up to 50,000 improving their health, wellbeing and care.

Care will be provided by ‘a complete clinical community’, an integrated workforce from hospitals, primary care, community health services, social care and the voluntary sector.

Patients will be offered more personalised, coordinated and responsive care nearer to their home. There will be improved care for people with long term conditions and patients needing rehabilitation.

Expressions of interest for potential rapid test sites will be announced by the NAPC in the next few weeks.

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, who will endorse the programme during his speech via video link to the annual NAPC conference today, said: “This programme offers an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care, centred around the needs of local communities, and tapping into the expertise of a wide array of health professionals”.

The key features will be:

  • provision of care to a defined, registered population of between 30,000 and 50,000;
  • aligned clinical financial drivers through a unified, capitated budget with appropriate shared risks and rewards;
  • an integrated workforce, with a strong focus on partnerships spanning primary, secondary and social care; and
  • a combined focus on personalisation of care with improvements in population health outcomes.

Dr Nav Chana, Chair NAPC said,

“In essence what we are describing is the “home” of care for a population with a tailored workforce with access to the data, tools and resources to provide high quality comprehensive care.  Working at this scale ensures a functional team where everyone knows each other and there is a true sense of belonging for patients, the population and the workforce.”

Dr James Kingsland OBE, President NAPC said,

“We want to have a strong evidence base behind us, rather than just individual or collective opinion.  The Primary Care Home is about building from the registered list, which has served the NHS so well and recognises patients access the NHS through general practice.  This new model of care will be more ambitious in the delivery of first contact.”

The programme will be delivered by the NAPC and the NHS Confederation with additional support and learning from the new care models programme.

The NAPC has prepared the Primary Care Home paper.

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