The DoH has commissioned the Foundation to review best practice in urgent care.
Practices are invited to submit details of innovative ways they have found to improve access and treatment.
‘The attention has been mainly on diverting patients away from A&E and hospital care,' said Foundation head Dr David Carson.
‘What we want to do is look at how patients might be identified and treated earlier in general practice.'
The first local plans from Lord Ara Darzi's NHS review for the NHS East of England included a series of urgent care units staffed by GPs and ‘emergency care clinicians' to reduce A&E admissions by 50 per cent.
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