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GPs to deliver personalised care plans for long term conditions

GP practices will be drafted in to deliver personalised care planning for patients with long term conditions, the Department of Health has announced.

The Department stated its intention to improve services for patients with long-term condition in the Next Stage Review, and has now moved to ensure that the 15 million people with one or more long term conditions should be offered a personalised care plan.

Personalised care planning aims to ‘ensure that people with long term conditions receive more individualised care and services to help them manage their conditions better and achieve the outcomes they want for themselves.'

Care planning will generally be delivered in primary care in GP practices by staff such as practice nurses.

A major drive will also be to create efficiency savings, through reductions in hospital admissions, out patient appointments and GP consultations.

Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said: ‘A good care plan drawn up with the involvement of the person with dementia and their carer is the basis of good person-centred care. This guidance is a positive step towards putting people in control of their lives and supporting them to choose care that suits their skills, abilities and needs.

‘It is vital that the implementation of the Darzi review and the forthcoming National Dementia Strategy for England continues to put people in control of their care and ensures staff have the skills to support them.'


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