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.
Primary care leaders seeking to strengthen practices at risk from workforce, demand and other pressures can access funding from NHS England’s resilience programme, part of the General Practice Forward View. The GP resilience programme recognises that many practices are already struggling to cope with existing workload for a variety of reasons, and that others are looking for long-term solutions in the face of uncertainties about the supply of GPs, funding, running costs, premises and related issues.
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