Update from Steve Grange, Programme Director
We’re working hard as a partnership to ensure we deliver on setting up Primary Care Networks (PCNs) across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
The creation of PCNs – networks of GP practices – is a key priority in the NHS Long Term Plan. The Long Term Plan describes a chance for practices, no matter their size to work together through PCNs and to support each other while providing improved services to patients, including weekend and evening appointments.
It aims to provide greater opportunities to GPs to offer patients a local approach to their care needs, while also supporting the integration of health and care services.
Within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, there will be a total of 26 PCNs covering all practices in the area and the re-contracting of primary care is on course to take place from July.
A big priority for the programme is long term conditions. As a system, we are working closely together to ensure there is a clear pathway in place for all patients with one or more long term conditions that wraps primary care services within local communities. This process enables us to ensure there are no inequalities across the patch and no-one is left disenfranchised.
Finally for this month, I’m pleased to say that plans to roll out a Crisis Rapid Intervention Service to support clinicians in assisting patients within a care home are underway. From September, any care home resident who falls unwell can be assessed and triaged by this service to avoid unnecessary admissions to hospitals and ensure the patient gets treatment in the most appropriate place and in a timely manner.
The service is being developed jointly by NHS acute and community providers, alongside commissioners in a real spirit of partnership. It is specifically designed to support paramedics and other clinicians in keeping the patient safe and to offer clinical governance to the care home. There will be a single point of access and will cover the whole of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent on a 24/7 basis.