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a northern ireland mapMay 15 2018

Northern Ireland is committing £15 million for enhancing primary care services in 2018-19. This will include £5 million for the roll-out of Multi Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) at GP practices, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has announced.

The roll-out of MDTs this year will cover two areas initially, each serving in the region of 100,000 people.

The funding allocations are part of the £100 million Health and Social Care transformation fund. Announcing more details about how the funding will be spent, the DoH said that the MDTs will involve the establishment of practice-based physiotherapists, mental health specialists and social workers, working alongside doctors and nurses. 

Other funding allocation announced by the DoH includes:

  • £15m for workforce development in the Health and Social Care sector;
  • up to £30m for reforming community and hospital services, including mental health and pharmacy, including: cancer services; stroke services; paediatric services; medicines optimisation; and diabetes care and prevention;
  • £5m for a range of interventions which will enable transformation;
  • £5m on building capacity in communities and prevention, including significant investment in children’s social services.

RCGPNI Chair Dr Grainne Doran has welcomed the details on how the funding will be allocated. 

“The announcement outlines initial investment for piloting the proposed model of physiotherapists, social workers and mental health specialists working within the general practice team. While this pilot is very welcome, it is critical that sufficient funding is made available in the long-term to roll this approach out across the entire region, she said.

“Used effectively, multidisciplinary teams working together in primary care should help reduce GP workload and improve patient access to appropriate assessment and care; the right professional, at the right time.”

To see transformation spread across the region, she called for “longstanding issues” around GP premises modernisation to be addressed and for practice teams to be allowed to expand. “Vitally, the expansion of GP teams does not negate the need for more GPs in Northern Ireland. We must also ensure that the new health professionals being employed within general practice do not leave workforce gaps elsewhere - continued investment in recruitment and training places across professions is therefore essential.”

Links:
Northern Ireland Department of Health announcement 
RCGPNI statement        

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