RCGP video animation backs 'care planning' approach to general practice

Care planning can help patients with long-term conditions take control of their healthcare and ease pressure on GPs, according to a video animation launched by the RCGP.

Care planning: still image from RCGP animation (Photo: RCGP)
Care planning: still image from RCGP animation (Photo: RCGP)

The four-minute video, narrated by RCGP president Professor Mike Pringle, describes how care planning can transform a standard 10-minute GP consultation.

The model is substantially different from the care plans for elderly patients incentivised by the unplanned admissions DES and aims to reduce pressure on GPs rather than adding to bureaucracy.

Long-term approach

The college describes care planning as a ‘holistic, long-term approach to delivering patient care that aims to help people take more control over their own health - with the support of their GP practice’.

Patients, and potentially their carers, meet a care planning team based in their GP practice ahead of GP consultations. This team considers the patient’s physical, mental and social care needs to draw up a plan to manage the patient’s long-term care.

Planning ahead means patients are better prepared to take a more active role in consultations, and allow GPs to make better use of time with the patient, rather than feeling unable to deal with multiple issues the patient faces.

Watch the animation:

Professor Nigel Mathers, RCGP honorary secretary, said: ‘Care planning for many is a new way of working for GPs and their teams and it might sound daunting.

‘But in the long-run, care planning will actually reduce pressures on general practice – and bring us a major step closer to providing the patient centred care that our patients need and deserve, and that GPs are striving to provide.’

The college launched the video to coincide with the start of its collaborative care and support planning programme, which aims to encourage all practices to adopt the care planning approach.

Click here to read RCGP guidance on care planning

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