GP Funding deal to transform primary care

GP Funding deal to transform primary care

February 4, 2019

NHS England has announced a £4.5bn funding package for GPs in a five-year deal that is designed to transform local healthcare systems. Full information is available on the PSNC website.

The deal includes funding that will help to fund the widespread development of Primary Care Networks (PCNs), which will be multi-disciplinary teams of healthcare professionals working together at a local level to deliver joined up patient care. Each PCN will cover around 30-50,000 GP registered patients.

General practice will be at the heart of the PCNs, but NHS England has said that it wants an additional 20,000 people to work alongside GPs in the networks. This will include a considerable number of clinical pharmacists who will deliver services such as structured medication reviews. Each PCN is expected to have a number of these pharmacists delivering care. NHS England has confirmed that these PCN pharmacists will not necessarily need to be employed by GP practices, but they will need to work as part of the integrated care team that makes up the PCN. Pharmacists will be a vital part of Primary Care Networks, say NHS England as outlined on the PSNC website.

The funding comes into effect from April 2020, and the changes are expected to amount to a transformation in general practice and primary healthcare services.

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