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New ‘Long-Term’ NHS Plan includes new CQC assessments

The new Long-Term NHS Plan introduces a series of measures that affect primary care, including a program that will see the CQC assess GP practices on how ‘carer-friendly’ their service is.

 

NHS England’s 10-year blueprint includes a plan to tackle the issue of carers being twice as likely to suffer from poor health compared to the rest of the population. The report discusses how young carers often feel invisible, with up to 40% reporting mental health problems arising from their experience of caring.

As reported in Pulse, quality marks for carer-friendly GP practices, developed with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), will be put in place to help carers identify GP services that can best accommodate their needs.

In a further move to tackle this issue, the NHS will provide GP practices with ‘top tips’ developed by young carers, including access to preventive health and social prescribing, and timely referral to local support services.

Other key aspects to the long-term plan affecting general practice include:

  • A commitment to increase investment in primary medical and community health services as a share of total national NHS revenue spend from 2019/20 to 2023/24, meaning spending on these services will be £4.5 billion higher in five years’ time.
  • Encouraging more collaboration between GPs, their teams and community services, as ‘primary care networks’, to increase the services they can provide jointly.
  • A greater emphasis on access to services and health information for patients, with the new NHS App as a digital ‘front door’.
  • Creating stronger links between primary care networks and their local care homes, with all care homes supported by a consistent team of healthcare professionals.

 

What are your impressions of the new ‘Long Term’ NHS Plan? Let us know in the comments section below, and stay tuned to the FPM Blog to learn more about all the latest developments and news stories relating to primary care.


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