In St Austell, home to the Eden Project, new life for general practice has emerged from fairly unpromising soil.
The town’s practices began working collaboratively in 2014 but swiftly realised they had enough in common to merge in May 2015 – producing a practice serving 32,000 people. The new practice, which also absorbed patients from a failed practice that was forced to close, became a rapid test site for the primary care home (PCH) model.
Wolverhampton Total Health, a partnership of eight practices, has adopted a creative approach to its primary care home (PCH) test site.
The practices were spurred into action by a looming GP recruitment and retention crisis against the backdrop of high levels of deprivation and associated unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking and poor diet.
In March 2017, in publishing its Next Steps refresh of the Five Year Forward View, NHS England acknowledged both the continuing strain on general practice and the need to build on the strengths of list-based primary care in developing care models of greater scope and scale.
As accountable care systems evolve, comprising a range of organisations across a larger footprint, it becomes harder to navigate the complexities of the system. PCC has a range of experts to make sense of the emerging models and provide learning from examples of both success and failure.
We can provide local support through tailored workshops with local stakeholders, expert advice and speakers at local events and hands-on project management support.
Commissioning is changing – with the move towards accountable care systems, the challenges to secure integrated services, the advent of multi-speciality community providers and primary and acute care systems the skills needed by the commissioner have shifted. PCC’s Confident Commissioner learning sets guide commissioners to explore areas such as population health, using contracts more innovatively and being the most effective negotiators and influencers. The programme allows participants to lead the discussion on areas that matter to them, guided by expert input. The programme starting on 10 August in Birmingham consists of eight half-day sessions over a period of nine months. Subscribing organisations can access this programme as part of their event package. It is also open to non-subscribers. To find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org.