Integrated Health Partners (IHP) has launched an innovative business model that redesigns the GP/specialist interface by integrating primary and secondary care for NHS patients.
IHP integrates GPs, consultants and all other clinicians in one team to create seamless processes and handovers resulting in better and more efficient care for patients. This model has already been proven in the US (e.g., Kaiser) and Europe.
Patients will have one point of call for all their needs. The integrated team will look after its patients from guided self-care to specialist outpatient treatment and diagnostics within their communities. Long-term conditions such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease will be managed along locally tailored and closely monitored care pathways. In this, IHP is not only fully aligned with government’s drive for better operational integration of care but bridges the organisational divide between primary and specialist care – necessary for the effective delivery of integrated care ..
IHP works with innovative GPs and local hospitals. It restructures the GP/specialist interface and provides management of patient care along IHP-designed pathways. As a result, patients are seen by the most suitable clinician at every point along the pathway. This makes care more immediate and avoids delays, duplications and gaps in handovers. Long-term conditions are thus better managed and unplanned admissions to hospitals and A&E attendances reduced. With part of specialist care, including diagnostics, being provided within the IHP network, hospitals will be freed up to focus more on advanced care for complex patient needs.
IHP is partnering with Babcock & Brown, a global investment and investment advisory firm that has considerable knowledge of infrastructure financing and the health sector. B & B is the developer of 7 LIFT schemes in the United Kingdom. Where it would help delivery of patient care, B&B will develop further facilities.
Dr Oliver Bernath, consultant neurologist and Managing Director of IHP, said “In every consultant clinic there are patients that do not need to be seen in a hospital outpatient department. At the same time, GPs have patients in their practices that should see a specialist. Currently, in the interfaces between GPs and consultants and back, things can get lost or delayed and care for patients can fall apart. This is a waste of precious clinician capacity on both sides and, most importantly, this harms patients. We must and can do better. IHP creates a powerful combination of medical, financial and infrastructure expertise that will improve care for our NHS patients”
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