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moneyFebruary 24 2016

GPs and NHS Boards are being invited to submit bids for funding for local projects that will help redesign primary care in Scotland. 

Around £13 million is being made available from the £85 million Primary Care Fund for 2016-17 so that patients can get better access to general practice and mental health services in the community.

The latest tranche of funding will see around £9.5 million go towards trying out new ways of delivering health care in the community, while £3.5 million will be invested in local initiatives to improve support for mental health in primary care settings.

It is envisioned that the funding will encourage GP practices to work together in clusters, as well as take a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care within the community. “This will involve health professionals such as pharmacists, physiotherapists, mental health professionals and advanced nurse practitioners in delivering aspects of patient care – freeing up GPs to focus on more complex cases and provide clinical leadership,” said the Scottish Government.

Inviting bids for this round of funding, Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “As a Government, we are committed to supporting and developing local GP and primary care services. What is clear is that the existing model of delivering these services is no longer sustainable and we need to act now to redesign the way care is provided in the community.

“That means increasing the role that other health professionals play in delivering primary care – making it much more of a team approach and enabling GPs to focus on those patients specifically in need of their care. This fund will allow us to test and evaluate what works in individual communities, with a view to spreading out the most successful models of care across Scotland.”

Aims of the Primary Care Fund include taking forward the recommendations of Sir Lewis Ritchie’s National Review of Out of Hours Services, supporting enhanced GP recruitment, retention and leadership, developing online GP services; strengthening the primary care workforce; investing in equipment, and supporting the Scottish School of Primary Care to assist evaluation of this work.

Progress already being made under the funding includes:

  • five primary care test sites are already up and running in Inverclyde, Govan, Edinburgh, Tayside and Grampian;
  • preparing for removal of the “bureaucratic” Quality Outcomes Framework system of GP payments from April;
  • an increase by a third in the number of GP training places from this year as well as increased support for return to practice schemes;
  • ongoing work with the BMA to develop a new three-year contract for GPs in Scotland from 2017.

Funding for mental health services is intended to help “develop new models of primary care support for people with mental health challenges, to ensure access to the most appropriate treatment as quickly as possible, in the most appropriate setting.”

Ms Robison pointed out that around 90% of mental health problems are treated in primary care settings. “This project funding provides local health boards, working with their partners, with a real opportunity to think differently about how local services are organised and to develop new models of care,” she said.

“This support – part of the £150m we are investing up to 2019-20 – will support the transformation of primary care mental health services for the benefit of patients of all ages in our communities. I look forward to seeing the proposals that come forward from local areas, which will help inform how we invest in mental health services going forward.”

Link:

Scottish Government announcement

Scotland announces £13 million for local GP and mental health projects
February 24 2016
 
GPs and NHS Boards are being invited to submit bids for funding for local projects that will help redesign primary care in Scotland. 
Around £13 million is being made available from the £85 million Primary Care Fund for 2016-17 so that patients can get better access to general practice and mental health services in the community. The latest tranche of funding will see around £9.5 million go towards trying out new ways of delivering health care in the community, while £3.5 million will be invested in local initiatives to improve support for mental health in primary care settings.
It is envisioned that the funding will encourage GP practices to work together in clusters, as well as take a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care within the community. “This will involve health professionals such as pharmacists, physiotherapists, mental health professionals and advanced nurse practitioners in delivering aspects of patient care – freeing up GPs to focus on more complex cases and provide clinical leadership,” said the Scottish Government.
Inviting bids for this round of funding, Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “As a Government, we are committed to supporting and developing local GP and primary care services. What is clear is that the existing model of delivering these services is no longer sustainable and we need to act now to redesign the way care is provided in the community.
“That means increasing the role that other health professionals play in delivering primary care – making it much more of a team approach and enabling GPs to focus on those patients specifically in need of their care. This fund will allow us to test and evaluate what works in individual communities, with a view to spreading out the most successful models of care across Scotland.”
Aims of the Primary Care Fund include taking forward the recommendations of Sir Lewis Ritchie’s National Review of Out of Hours Services, supporting enhanced GP recruitment, retention and leadership, developing online GP services; strengthening the primary care workforce; investing in equipment, and supporting the Scottish School of Primary Care to assist evaluation of this work.
Progress already being made under the funding includes:
five primary care test sites are already up and running in Inverclyde, Govan, Edinburgh, Tayside and Grampian;
preparing for removal of the “bureaucratic” Quality Outcomes Framework system of GP payments from April;
an increase by a third in the number of GP training places from this year as well as increased support for return to practice schemes;
ongoing work with the BMA to develop a new three-year contract for GPs in Scotland from 2017.
Funding for mental health services is intended to help “develop new models of primary care support for people with mental health challenges, to ensure access to the most appropriate treatment as quickly as possible, in the most appropriate setting.”
Ms Robison pointed out that around 90% of mental health problems are treated in primary care settings. “This project funding provides local health boards, working with their partners, with a real opportunity to think differently about how local services are organised and to develop new models of care,” she said.
“This support – part of the £150m we are investing up to 2019-20 – will support the transformation of primary care mental health services for the benefit of patients of all ages in our communities. I look forward to seeing the proposals that come forward from local areas, which will help inform how we invest in mental health services going forward.”
 
Link:
Scottish Government announcement http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Transforming-GP-and-mental-health-services-22bf.aspx

 

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