NHS

Coordinated weekly health visits promised in English primary care overhaul

From 2020/21 care homes will receive a comprehensive weekly visit from a healthcare professional, under NHS England plans to revolutionise primary care in England.

Building on the Enhanced Health in Care Homes vanguard, care homes the new plan for primary and community health and social care in England will see “uncoordinated visits from multiple GP practices” change into a visit from a “consistent team of multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals delivering proactive and reactive care”.

By 2023/24 care home residents will receive regular clinical pharmacist-led medicine reviews from dedicated care home pharmacists or pharmacy technicians, emergency advice or support out of hours, and effective end-of-life care planning. There will also be support for residents’ oral health, hydration and nourishment.

To support the plans for care homes, GPs in England are being funded to form primary care networks typically comprising between 30,000-50,000 patients. Communication between professionals and care homes will be encouraged through IT, including use of NHSmail.  In return, NHS England and the Government will work with care homes providers to maximise the contribution they can make to the health and wellbeing of their residents.  

  • Care providers can gain access to NHSmail by completing the entry level of the online Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT). The DSPT is an online self-assessment tool for data security. Compliance with the toolkit is mandatory for providers who provide care through an NHS contract, though all providers are encouraged to complete it if they hold, process and share data to demonstrate data security to their regulatory body that they are managing and holding data securely and safely.
    Visit the Care Provider Alliance for more information on signing up 
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