Does the Primary Care Home make a difference? Yes, says this NAPC report.

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Articles | 0 comments

Thousands of patients benefit from NAPC’s Primary Care Home programme: new report shows drop in emergency hospital admissions and waiting times for GP appointments

The Primary Care Home (PCH) programme is delivering a range of benefits for patients, staff and the wider health system, according to a new report released today (Friday 31 March).

Key findings from an early analysis of three rapid test sites show significant reductions in A&E attendances, emergency hospital admissions and GP referrals to hospital.

For GP practices and other providers involved, the benefits include reduced prescribing costs and a rise in staff satisfaction and retention. Patients have experienced a drop in the average waiting time to see their GPs and reduced stays in hospital.
Commissioned by the National Association of Primary Care, the report Does the Primary Care Home Make a Difference? looked at the impact of three primary care home rapid test sites, covering a population of more than 110,000, and assessed how PCH could support the delivery of the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) across England.

The report by PA Consulting Group concludes that PCH can unlock a range of financial and non-financial benefits. 

“Implementing the PCH ways of working can drive positive change in a relatively short period of time. This points to the fact that the defining characteristics, of the PCH make it a vehicle for change, and that it is a catalyst enabling faster progress to be made in addressing local primary care priorities.”
– via National Association of Primary Care


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