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NAPCDecember 21 2015

Fifteen’ rapid test sites’ will pilot a model of primary care intended to develop the ambitions of the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Under the scheme, the networks of GPs, health and social care staff will remodel primary care around the health and social needs of local communities.

The main features of the scheme are:

  • provision of care to a defined, registered population of between 30,000 and 50,000;
  • a combined focus on personalisation of care with improvements in population health outcomes;
  • an integrated workforce, with a strong focus on partnerships spanning primary, secondary and social care;
  • aligned clinical financial drivers through a unified, capitated budget with appropriately shared risks and rewards.

The National Association of Primary Care announced the pilot scheme in October. Having received almost 70 expressions of interest, it has now announced the following 15 rapid test sites:

  • 1st Care Cumbria
  • Beacon Medical Group
  • Healthy East Grinstead Partnership
  • Larwood & Bawtry
  • Luton Primary Care Cluster
  • Nottingham North & East Community Alliance
  • Richmond
  • Rugeley Practices PCH
  • South Durham Health CIC
  • South Bristol Primary Care Collaborative
  • St Austell Healthcare
  • Thanet Central CIC
  • The Breckland Alliance
  • The Winsford Group

“For patients, it aims to significantly improve the quality of patient centred care and their experience of local health services. They will be treated by single integrated and multidisciplinary teams, working to provide comprehensive and personalised care,” said the NAPC.

Dr James Kingsland, President NAPC, commented: “The benefits of integrated care and multi-disciplinary team working to provide comprehensive and personalised care to individuals and populations are well recognised. However, it has been difficult to demonstrate sustainable community-based models within the NHS with measurable impact.

“Working in partnership with the rapid test sites and our wider community of interest, we believe this programme presents a unique opportunity for primary care to improve the quality of care provided to our registered patient populations and deliver better value for the NHS.”

The NHS Confederation is supporting the initiative. Its deputy director of policy, Phil McCarvill, said: “The Primary Care Home ‘rapid test sites’ build on the best attributes of both primary and community services to improve care for people in their communities. The opportunity to test and share evidence from the Primary Care Home model will be incredibly valuable in helping to understand how we can forge stronger partnerships between primary and community care.”

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