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Date: 27 May 2017
NHS North Central London (NCL) has developed a primary care strategy, which describes how we intend to improve primary care – that’s the care you receive at your GP, dentist, pharmacist and optician. The improvements are set to be put in place over the next three years and are backed up with investment funds to be spent on primary care, in particular general practice, over this period. The goal of the investment is to improve primary care standards, results and experience for patients and to rely less on hospitals for care, providing more care in a local setting instead.
The primary care strategy will support the Barnet,Enfieldand Haringey Clinical Strategy, which also provides for more care being provided away from a hospital setting. Here we describe the first steps we are taking to develop primary care in Barnet up until March 2015.
Leadership for implementation
From April 2013, a new organisation named the National Commissioning Board will be responsible for managing the contracts of all primary care contractors - that includes GPs, Community Pharmacies, Dentist, and Optometrists. Also from April 2013, Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be responsible for ensuring that the population of Barnet get all the health services that they need, though this will exclude directly managing primary care contractors. With this in mind, Barnet CCG wants to help primary care practitioners to expand the range of services they offer.
Barnet CCG will be in charge of implementing all aspects of the strategy apart from contractual arrangements with primary care contractors. They will also look at what extra services could be better provided in a local primary care setting – that could mean at their local GP surgery, at a local clinic or community hospital.
The Barnet Primary Care Strategy Implementation Group has been put in place to lead implementation. The group includes CCG Board members, and representatives from the Local Involvement Network, the Barnet Practice Managers Group, the Local Medical Committee, community pharmacy, the London Borough of Barnet and the NHS North Central London (NCL) Barnet borough team.
Investment in primary care
We are investing £2.9 million in primary care and community services in Barnet for 2012-13. Over the three years 2012-2015 we will be investing £11.7m. We are spending this money with the goal of giving patients better quality health care, and of rebalancing the local health system towards primary care and away from hospital care.
Our approach to implementing
The development of integrated care networks is one of the most important changes we are making in primary care. Integrated care networks are groups of GPs working together with community health and social care services with close links to hospital specialists. Helping practices to set up these networks will help us to provide more health services in a local setting. This will make it easier for local people to get the health care that they need.
This is a large change for primary care, so part of the funding will be used to give GPs advice and training to help them to make the changes. But the main focus will be on developing services for patients. We’re starting with care for the frail elderly, people with poor mental health, and people that need urgent access to primary care. These are areas where there is clear local need, that GPs have told us are important, and where a range of different changes are likely to be needed. GPs have said that they want to work together with patients, finding ways to help patients to be more involved in their health care, and this will be an important theme in all our changes.
What’s happened so far?
Since the implementation plan was approved in June 2012, we have:
What happens next?
What does this mean for patients in Barnet?
We want delivery of this implementation plan to result in practical improvements in primary care that patients will notice themselves: