The National Association of Primary Care is now seeking formal expressions of interest from organisations wanting to become rapid test sites for a new innovative programme which enhances primary care in line with the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Launched at the NAPC’s annual conference in October 2015, the new care model style programme offers a new approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care centred around the health and social needs of local communities.
The programme develops the NAPC’s primary care home model and has been endorsed by NHS England with principles aligned to multispecialty community provider (MCP), one of the types of new care model vanguards.
The main features are:
- 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.
The formal Expression of Interest documentation and timetable can be downloaded here.
Dr Nav Chana, Chair NAPC said:
“We have received positive responses to date from colleagues registering early interest to be part of this new care model style primary care programme. This next phase is to seek formal responses from those where the conditions are closest to demonstrating elements of the model. This is not an exclusive process, and we hope to spread and support other sites with the learning from the rapid test sites”.
Dr James Kingsland, President NAPC said:
“This marks a significant step in the development process of the Primary Care Home model as a form of multispecialty community provider. Our intent is to work with rapid test sites in a way that develops new and replicable approaches that support the population health outcomes.”
Dr Johnny Marshall, policy director of the NHS Confederation, said:
“Testing the Primary Care Home model is an important step in improving partnerships between community health services and primary care, so we strongly encourage organisations to take part in this project. These new models locally help to break down the traditional boundaries between primary care, community health services, social care and the voluntary sector to better meet people’s needs. If we can get primary care right, we can improve the delivery of care for patients right across the NHS – enabling hospitals to do what they do best. Our Community Health Services Forum will continue working with the NAPC to take this project forward.”
The NAPC and the NHS Confederation with additional support and learning from the New Care Models Programme will deliver the Primary Care Home model. NAPC have prepared the Primary Care Home model paper and an accompanying set of FAQs.