The guidance, Implementing care closer to home - convenient quality care for patients, includes:
- An introduction to shifting services into the community
- A step-by-step guide on the issues for consideration when redesigning patient care using practitioners with a special interest (PwSIs).
- A new nationally recognised accreditation process for GPs and pharmacists with special interests that can be delivered locally to ensure services and the individuals working within them are underpinned by excellent clinical governance.
Health minister Andy Burnham said: 'PwSIs, as well as other health professionals, all have a key role to play in delivering these services; taking the pressure off acute hospitals and providing high quality care to patients.'
Professor Mayur Lakhani, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), said: 'We support and welcome this initiative. The RCGP has long called for a system of standard setting and accreditation and this will help patient care, and support PCTs and practitioners.'
The guidance, Implementing care closer to home - convenient quality care for patients, can be found on the DoH website.