Primary care road map grounded in patients’ and providers’ needs

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Constant talk of a crisis in primary care will be consigned to the past if the recommendations of an independent commission on the future of primary care are implemented – several of which reflect proposals put forward by the NHS Confederation and National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) on behalf of members.

This is the conclusion of Health Education England’s Primary Care Workforce Commission, which last Wednesday (22 July) set out recommendations for a patient-centred, population-based model for primary care.

The art of the possible community health services role in new care models

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New, joined up models of care being developed by the NHS risk overlooking the full potential of community health services which are vital for their success, according to a discussion paper launched 21 July by the NHS Confederation Community Health Services Forum.

Community health covers a broad range of ‘cradle to grave’ services including community and district nursing, health visiting, speech and language therapy, public health and school nursing. These services are essential if the NHS is to care well for the millions of people who have long-term conditions, the paper highlights.

Think tanks echo Confed call for transformation fund

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The health service in England needs a dedicated fund to finance and drive forward essential changes to services, a new Health Foundation and King’s Fund report has concluded, echoing long-standing calls by the NHS Confederation for such a measure.

In a detailed report published on Wednesday (22 July), the think tanks say a transformation fund would support and accelerate a shift to new models of care, as per the Forward View, and help to unlock efficiency savings.

Patients across the country set to benefit from the roll out of proven healthcare innovations

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NHS England’s Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh will today (Monday 6 July) announce the successful applicants of a scheme to make evidenced healthcare innovations more widely available to patients.

Seventeen healthcare pioneers from the UK and abroad have been identified to receive national support to roll out their technologies, processes and models of care to patients, hospitals and GP practices throughout England.