The Golden Ticket is a new approach to the management of dementia in primary care, piloted by the Buxted Medical Centre in East Sussex. By working with a range of partner agencies to provide a coordinated package of support for patients and their carers within the community, the project is already showing a significant reduction in acute admissions, while also reducing reliance on GP consultations and improving patient experience.
An evaluation of the community pharmacist domiciliary visit service in Cornwall points to significant benefits to patients and the NHS. The authors recommend that the service is commissioned in all pharmacies across Cornwall so more housebound patients can benefit.
A project that could lead to a radical change in the way GP services are delivered in Scotland has been launched.
At least 15 practices serving some 80,000 people will take part in the trial, which is examining how the GP role can be refocused away from tasks that could be done more appropriately by other health professionals.