Enhanced Primary and Community Care update from Steve Grange, Programme Director
We’ve been working particularly closely with the Urgent and Emergency Care programme over the past few weeks on a number of high impact initiatives centred around integrated urgent care and reducing urgent activity and attendance at A&E relating to care home residents, frail elderly patients and patients with more than one long term condition.
We’re also working in tandem with the Planned Care and Cancer and Mental Health programmes, particularly around bridging the gap between physical and mental health.
In other news, a bid for a cohort of eight local GP practices to undertake the Productive General Practice (PGP) Quick Start programme has been successful and this has now commenced for practices in the south and east of the county. A further cohort of eight practices are also undertaking the programme North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
PGP Quick Start is an on-site, hands-on, short term support package for practices that forms part of NHS England’s Time for Care programme, designed to help practice teams manage their workload, adopt and spread innovations that free-up clinical time for care.
A steering group has been established to monitor progress on the delivery and formation of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The delivery of PCNs – networks of GP practices – is one of the priorities set down in the NHS Long Term Plan and the steering group will also be overseeing the development of our primary care strategy.
The plan describes a chance for practices, no matter their size, to work together through primary care networks (PCNs) and to support each other while providing improved services to patients, including weekend and evening appointments.
Meanwhile, we’re delighted that more than 20 students who attended Keele University’s recent annual career conference expressed interested in commencing their nursing career in General Practice.