At the end of a long and challenging day I love nothing better than an ice cream. Something to look forward to at the end of my day; a mini incentive to get my work finished, something I simply enjoy doing, something that reminds me of my Granddad whom I was very close to. Lots of good reasons for an ice cream; however, the main one is that when I take time out to eat ice cream it provides time for thought and reflection. Some of my best ideas happen in that time. July therefore looks a good excuse for more ice cream and more reflection!
Eating my ice cream today had me reflecting on our work at SCW in supporting Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and how the system links are sometimes overlooked. In the system work to engage Primary Care, we sometimes find people forget that General Practice is one part of Primary Care, the others include Community Pharmacy, Opticians and Dentists, all of whom have interaction with the patient population and all offer scope for working with the PCNs.
Within our work,
the focus is how the PCNs work to
deliver high quality and consistent General Practice, without unwarranted
variation. This builds a platform from which they can grow within the health
economy and often makes it easier to recruit the teams and attract properly
resourced work/contracts that keep everyone viable. Some of that work sees them working with
other parts of the system, in particularly with other Community Services e.g.
Continence Teams, Tissue Viability Nurses, Stoma Nurses etc. As a result, it’s
not uncommon to find fully integrated services in Primary Care, through the
delivery of long term and sustainable change through a shift in mindset and
work with practices to deliver the new outcomes required, underpinned by high
quality training and education.
set me thinking about the system links into Community Pharmacy, Opticians and Dentists, as these are likely to be key in further developing our
PCNs. How we work with them to focus upon on improving outcomes across the
providers with integrated delivery is part of this. How they ensure the
right patient, in the right place, at the right time, with the right healthcare
professional and with the right resource to deliver the care is all part of
As a PCN have
you stopped to consider those system links and how you might develop further
the relationships and integrated delivery? How you might work in new ways to
alleviate the workload pressures across General Practice, Community Pharmacy, Opticians and
Dentists, by coming together to redesign your approach and ensure the right patient, in the right place,
at the right time, with the right healthcare professional and with the right resource
to deliver the care? If not, we have many examples of this kind of approach at
play e.g. in dry eye disease, working between General Practice and Community
Opticians. If you would like to know
more about how we can support you to use our process of engagement and redesign
to deliver improved patient outcomes, please make contact.
The Primary Care Team in SCW continues to
provide support and direction to Practices, Primary Care Networks and
Federations in working to successfully implement new care models, develop
connections and work collaboratively within Integrated Care System to realise
the best possible outcomes for the population. For more information on our
support packages, or if you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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