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GPs to be assigned to care homes to provide 'tailored treatment and support'

The Government has pledged greater support for care home residents to try and decrease hospital admissions.

The new measures will see healthcare professionals assigned to care homes across the UK, where they can get to know individual residents’ needs, provide tailored treatment and support and offer emergency out-of-hours care.

It was announced alongside the extra £3.5bn in funding for primary and community healthcare, and new rapid response teams to treat patients in the community.

The government claimed that over a third of hospital admissions from care homes were avoidable, and pledged that these new measures would give more personalised, convenient and timely care.

There was little detail in the announcement, but the Government statement did say that it was based on a ‘successful’ pilot.

It said that the Prime Minister was announcing ‘the national roll-out of a successful pilot that sees healthcare professionals assigned to care homes where they get to know individual residents’ needs and can provide tailored treatment and support. The teams include pharmacists and GPs who can also offer emergency care out of hours’.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: ‘Too often people end up in hospital not because it’s the best place to meet their needs but because the support that would allow them to be treated or recover in their own home just isn’t available.’

‘Many of us might assume that hospital is the safest place to be – but in reality many patients would be much better off being cared for in the community.’

Dr John Ashcroft, GP and former deputy chair of Derbyshire LMC, said: ‘We’ve had a community nursing team visiting patients in nursing homes and that’s been quite helpful, and we have another team that goes out and visits patients.’

However, he added that he had concerns that the funding for this and similar schemes will end up outside general practice.

He said: ‘Will this money just end up in the community trust? Why’s it not going into core general practice? Because the Government and the Department of Health don’t believe in general practice, don’t believe or trust general practice.’

Readers' comments (16)

  • There was little detail in the announcement, but the Government statement did say that it was based on a ‘successful’ pilot.
    More reactionary, ill thought out, headline grabbing detritus with no real substance and completely ignoring the lack of healthcare staff and lack of coherent and reliable staffing plan for all these great new ventures, let alone everyday practice.

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  • Wow such insight. It sounds great. We need some pictures of GP's cheerily chatting to care home residents with eager looking nurses next to them, so cool. "Supporting people in their own home"- so much better than us just sending them in to hospital every 5 minutes. We'll worry about staffing the scheme later, just get the idea on twitter....

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  • Do better spending extra money on district nurses and better training for nursing home staff to be able to care fore residents without reaching for 999

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  • Doctor McDoctor Face

    Gosh, lets get care home residents registered with A GP. That just an amazing plan.

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  • Unbelievable
    Still rearranging the deckchairs!

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  • we are going to have a LES at (I think) £250/bed/year. There is a lot of extra work but, essentially we are going to do a ward round weekly (as well as doing the usual for sick patients). One of the results will be 1 practice gets to cover a RH/NH (or a half). The practice then will encourage other homes to re register their patients in to the covering practice. Long term patients dropped vs long term ongoing care.

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  • doctordog.

    Puzzling.
    We do this already.

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  • Are they going to pay us for the extra work mmmm. doubt it!

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  • THERE AIN'T NO GPs, WE KEEP TELLING YOU...

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  • Exciting times for care homes

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