A report which examines how primary care providers could work together more productively to improve patient access and outcomes of care, has been welcomed by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA).
Stronger Together: Collaborative Primary Care at Scale was published by Public Policy Projects (PPP) a global public policy institute, in conjunction with Healthworks, a think tank which works closely with health and care systems to improve effectiveness and efficiency for the benefit of populations.
It was launched during a session in the Leading transformational change in primary care webinar hosted by PPP, on 5 April, featuring representatives from four independent contractor services in the NHS including; Professor Paul Batchelor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Central Lancashire; Zoe Richmond, Clinical Director, Local Optometry Support Unit; Farzana Hussain, Clinical Director of Newham Central 1 Primary Care Network and Michael Lennox, NPA’s Local Integration Lead and Chief Executive of Somerset LPC.
The report is made up of contributions from thought leaders within the health and care sectors and representatives of the wider communities of primary care providers and professions.
Nick Kaye, NPA vice chair, who contributed to the paper, said: “This is a much needed, timely piece of work which highlights how we as primary care providers can collaborate together to create primary care at scale.
“At a time when the health service and health needs of the population are growing ever more complex, it is imperative we come together to support the improved outcome for patients.”
The authors’ recommendations are that the four primary care contractors and their commissioners should:
- Seek to develop a culture in which coproduction of care between four primary care contractors is paramount, working towards helping ensure each sector knows and understands how best it can work to support improved outcomes for patients.
- Confront the challenges of addressing inequalities through the adoption of population health principles and techniques.
- Acknowledge that the mixed economy supports the NHS.
- Adopt a more meaningful mantra than “building back better” – perhaps “achieving fair and sustainable health improvements”.
- Note the importance of the principle of national consistency in design and delivery of some services, but that contractors and commissioners work to “acceptable variability” tailored at local level
To read the full report go to: https://publicpolicyprojects.com/policy