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steth credit-card-MediumJanuary 26 2015

The Welsh Government has announced additional funding of £10 million for primary care to help relieve pressures on GPs and their teams. The funding should also help reduce demand on hospital care by improving access to quality local health services.

The investment in 2015-16 will see £6m allocated to the 64 primary care ‘clusters’ across Wales. These are the groups of GP practices working together with community-based service providers such as pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, therapists, nurses and healthcare workers.

Among the proposals for how the funding will be used are:

•    a wider range of professionals, such as pharmacists and physiotherapists, as an integrated part of GP services and local teams able to deliver 24/7 care at home, especially for people with long-term conditions
•    a flexible primary care support team to provide locum cover or provide training and advice for managing local service pressures
•    community-based initiatives to tackle local factors affecting health
•    local directories of services so people know when and where to go for the right help at the right time
•    care coordinators
•    joint working between different professionals and services
•    training and development to expand and develop the primary care clusters to build local alliances between all local services, including local government and third sector services
•    to pull traditionally hospital-based services into the community, where appropriate, such as services for people with diabetes and respiratory conditions.

Of the remaining funding, £3m will go towards pathfinder schemes looking at how to improve access to services, and £1m is being allocated to ‘once-for-Wales’ projects to help deliver that primary care plan.

Link:

Welsh Government announcement

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