The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have launched a new report on the ways that adult social care and primary care can cooperate under the primary care home (PCH) model. The NAPC argues that the report, titled “Primary care home and social care: Working together”,
… leads the way in highlighting the opportunities for a more joined up approach to enhance support for those in the greatest need, enabling them to live as healthily and independently as possible.
Based on evidence and experience from across England, the guide examines barriers and challenges for integration and provides a toolkit for addressing the most common difficulties. It describes opportunities for collaboration and integration at the level of the individual patient, the local population and the wider system.
Not familiar with the PCH model? Here’s a brief primer from the launch announcement:
Primary care home – an established primary care network – is an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care. Developed by the NAPC, the model brings together a range of health and social care professionals working as a team to provide enhanced personalised and preventative care for their local community.
Staff working across the health and care system come together as a complete care community – drawn from GP surgeries, community, mental health and acute trusts, social care and the voluntary sector – to focus on local population needs and provide care closer to patients’ homes. Its focus is on a defined, registered population enabling primary care transformation to happen at a fast pace, either on its own or in collaboration with others as a foundation for larger models.
Want to know more? Head on over to the NAPC website and download the full report.