Sites chosen to pioneer new primary care approach

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Fifteen ‘rapid test sites’ across England have been chosen to develop and test a new enhanced primary care approach, in line with the ambitions of the Five Year Forward View.

Almost 70 networks of GPs and health and social care staff submitted expressions of interest to pioneer the development of the primary care home model (PCH), outlining innovative ideas for transforming local health and community services.

The successful 15 were chosen following a rigorous process led by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), part of the NHS Confederation, which involved key health and social care partners, patient representatives and an evaluation workshop attended by all shortlisted applicants. 

  • 1st Care Cumbria
  • Beacon Medical Group
  • Healthy East Grinstead Partnership
  • Larwood & Bawtry
  • Luton Primary Care Cluster
  • Nottingham North & East Community Alliance
  • Richmond
  • Rugeley Practices PCH
  • South Durham Health CIC
  • South Bristol Primary Care Collaborative
  • St Austell Healthcare
  • Thanet Central CIC
  • The Breckland Alliance
  • The Winsford Group
  • Wolverhampton Total Health Care

Strengthening care in local communities


The trial sites form part of NAPC’s Primary Care Home programme, which aims to strengthen and redesign primary care around the health and social needs of local communities. 

For patients, it is intends to significantly improve the quality of patient-centred care and their experience of local health services. They will be treated by single integrated and multidisciplinary team, working to provide comprehensive and personalised care.

The principles of the PCH model are similar to the multispecialty community provider (MCP), one of the Forward View type of vanguards, and learning and development will be supported by the new care models programme.

The main features are:

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

“The Confederation is committed to supporting ever greater partnership working between community and primary care," the organisation's deputy director of policy, Phil McCarvill, said on Thursday.

"The Primary Care Home ‘rapid test sites’ launched today build on the best attributes of both primary and community services to improve care for people in their communities. 

“The opportunity to test and share evidence from the Primary Care Home model will be incredibly valuable in helping to understand how we can forge stronger partnerships between primary and community care,” Mr McCarvill added.   

NAPC will work in partnership with the rapid test sites to develop a structured support programme and share the learning more widely. Support will be tailored to each rapid test site, but is likely to include peer support, facilitated workshops and networking events.

Find out more

Discover more about the test sites and the PCH programme on the NAPC website.

View the NHS Confederation's recent evidence to a Health Select Committee inquiry into primary care.

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