Primary care home is an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care.
Developed by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), the model brings together a range of health and social care professionals to work together to provide enhanced personalised and preventative care for their local community.
Staff come together as a complete care community – drawn from GP surgeries, community, mental health and acute trusts, social care and the voluntary sector – to focus on local population needs and provide care closer to patients’ homes.
Primary care home shares some of the features of the multispecialty community provider (MCP) – its focus is on a smaller population enabling primary care transformation to happen at a fast pace, either on its own or as a foundation for larger models.
NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens launched the primary care home programme in October 2015. Supported by the new care models programme, 15 rapid test sites were chosen in December 2015. The programme has since expanded to more than 200 sites across England, serving nine million patients, 16% of the population. The sites have come together as a community of practice to develop and test the model.
Four key characteristics make up the primary care home:
- an integrated workforce, with a strong focus on partnerships spanning primary, secondary and social care;
- a combined focus on personalisation of care with improvements in population health outcomes;
- aligned clinical and financial drivers through a unified, capitated budget with appropriate shared risks and rewards;
- provision of care to a defined, registered population of between 30,000 and 50,000.
Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management
Supporting those developing new models of care, the NAPC also runs the Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management, run in partnership with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and Capsticks. Set up with NHS England funding, this qualification is tailor-made for the new landscape in primary care and designed to equip managers with the legal, financial, business and leadership skills to run larger scale services.
This includes vanguards and other new models of care like NAPC’s primary care homes as well as GP super practices and GP or other primary care federations. It is also open to anyone looking to be a manager within this new environment of transforming primary care. The diploma offers practical and flexible online learning with minimal time away from the workplace and can provide a pathway to HFMA Higher Diploma or ultimately an MBA for students who wish to continue their studies.
Applications for a February start are now being accepted.
Some bursaries are currently available including 50% bursary funding for candidates within integrated care systems for February 2019 only, as well as funding from NHS England North for NHS staff working in general practice within the north region.