In October 2013, the Prime Minister announced a new £50 million Challenge Fund to help improve access to general practice and stimulate innovative ways of providing primary care services. The first wave of twenty pilots was announced in April 2014.Further funding of £100m for 2015/16 was announced by the Prime Minister on 30 September 2014 for a second wave.The attached document from January 2015 details some of the successful bids testing innovative ways of increasing access and delivering wider transformational change in general practice.
Tools & Resources
The horizon-scanning blogs and bulletins are an initiative from the LIHNN network of NHS libraries in North-West England. They are not a traditional current-awareness service but aim to highlight the latest developments, trends and technologies which will have an impact on practice in the future. This bulletin is compiled by John Gale, JET Library, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Welsh Government's prudently advancing practice awardThe team at Lancashire Teaching Trust introduced supplementary radiography non medical prescribing, and a system whereby cancer patients are reviewed by a specialist radiographer in a dedicated review clinic. Patients are now reviewed weekly, or more frequently if necessary, with an approach that will also take into account their psychosocial needs, thus providing a patient-centred, holistic consultation.
The Healthy Minds Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has developed a pilot project to improve attendance at group therapy sessions by using Florence telehealth application (FLO) to text patients with reminders and prompts to help them manage their recovery. FLO is a text messaging service which uses a protocol that can be tailored to the specific needs and requirements of patients.
Health Education England’s mandate recognises the importance of the integrated care agenda. It commits to work closely with the Health and Social Care sector on workforce planning, modelling, training and development, to ensure a workforce responsive to the changing models of care both now and in the future.To ensure the success of integrated Health and Social Care the workforce needs to support redesign and this can only be achieved if this runs in parallel with workforce development.
NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), general practices and the University of Cumbria are working in partnership with the North West Placement Development Network (NWPDN) to develop and increase primary care placement opportunities for pre-registration nursing students, trainee assistant practitioners and nursing cadets.
The North West Core Skills programme (NWCSP) is an award winning learning and development initiative being undertaken across the North West health sector to improve the efficiency and education quality of statutory and mandatory training. Following successful implementation of the programme by NHS trusts and higher education institutes (HEIs) across the North West, a new project is now focusing upon introducing Core Skills to general practices, with the aim of replicating benefits across primary care as well as within secondary care.
Yorkshire & Humber ESR Self Service EventDue to the increasing interest from the region the Yorkshire and Humber Special Interest Group held a Self Service Event, to enable users to share experiences of implementing ESR Self Service, lessons learned, resources required and the benefits.
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) is committed to the development and implementation of a process of managing individual employee contribution, which will lead to the creation of a performance-driven culture. Therefore, as part of the Trust’s overarching plans for organisational development, with accountability, performance and leadership as key components, the Trust is implementing a Performance Framework and associated Reward Strategy.
Since 2002 NHS North-West has provided support workers with the opportunity to undertake assistant practitioner training subject to available posts and success in the selection procedures. Although 25-30% of support workers identify as BME, their representation on the Trainee Assistant Practitioner programme is less than 2%.