The NHS and local councils have come together in 44 areas covering all of England to develop proposals to improve health and care. They have formed new partnerships – known as sustainability and transformation partnerships – to plan jointly for the next few years. They are built around the needs of the local population across whole areas, not just those of the individual organisations involved. See the Video by clicking the link below.
There has been a steady rise in patient expectations, a target driven culture and a growing requirement for GPs to accommodate work previously undertaken in hospitals, or in social care. This has resulted in unprecedented pressure on practices, which impacts on staff and patients. Small changes in general practice capacity have a big impact on demand for hospital care, so the need to support general practice in underpinning the whole NHS has never been greater.
The NHS has also devised a General Practice Five year forward plan, to assist GP practice remian sustainable, and ensure continuity of care for patients. Click on the document below, for ways in which General Practice is being supported.