Practices invited to pilot 50,000-patient 'primary care home' model

Practices and primary care organisations have been invited to submit expressions of interest in a programme to deliver care for populations of 30,000 to 50,000 patients.

Dr James Kingsland

The 'primary care home' model was launched by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC last month with the support of NHS England.

The model is a form of multispecialty community provider (MCP) similar to those being developed by NHS England’s vanguards which integrate care around groups of GP practices.

Care under the primary care home pilots  will be provided by a ‘complete clinical community’, with an integrated primary, secondary and social care workforce providing more personalised and better co-ordinated care closer to home.

Primary care funding

Funding will be merged into a single capitated budget, and the pilots will focus on personalisation of care and improving population health outcomes.

The main features of the model are:

  • Provision of care to a defined, registered population of between 30,000 and 50,000 patients.
  • Aligned clinical financial drivers through a unified, capitated budget with appropriate shared risks and rewards.
  • An integrated workforce, with a strong focus on partnerships spanning primary, secondary and social care.
  • A combined focus on personalisation of care with improvements in population health outcomes.

Primary care organisations, networks and health systems are invited to submit expressions of interest to the NAPC by 25 November.

Primary care home

NAPC president Dr James Kingsland said: ‘This marks a significant step in the development process of the primary care home model as a form of multispecialty community provider. ‘Our intent is to work with rapid test sites in a way that develops new and replicable approaches that support the population health outcomes.’

NHS Confederation policy director Dr Johnny Marshall added: ‘Testing the primary care home model is an important step in improving partnerships between community health services and primary care, so we strongly encourage organisations to take part in this project.

'These new models locally help to break down the traditional boundaries between primary care, community health services, social care and the voluntary sector to better meet people's needs. If we can get primary care right, we can improve the delivery of care for patients right across the NHS - enabling hospitals to do what they do best. Our Community Health Services Forum will continue working with the NAPC to take this project forward.’

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