The Primary Care Zone focused on the latest innovations driving dental, general practice and pharmacy services, and gave a chance for delegates to meet and hear from leaders and patients from across the country.
- Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer, spoke on oral health integration and early years prevention and how sustainability and transformation partnerships and local dental networks can work together.
- Representatives from across general practice focused on demonstrating how the General Practice Forward View is being implemented. Delegates heard from GPs, CCGs and NHS England on a variety of subjects including patient-centred care, placing communities at the heart of primary care transformation and developing general practice nurses’ confidence and capability.
- Delegates met Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, and heard expert advice on the Pharmacy Integration Fund and how pharmacists are increasingly taking on clinical roles as of the primary care team.
The zone was set out like a modern health centre, with GP, community nursing, pharmacy and dental areas, as well as a “garden” space where presentations took place. Representatives and leaders from all these professions were available throughout the two days for conversation and networking.