This research report explores the role general practices can play in improving population health at a time of increasing levels of chronic ill health and reduced budgets.
The report, which was written by the Nuffield Trust, commissioned by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), examines the arguments for encouraging and enabling general practices to take a much more proactive role in improving the health and wellbeing of their local populations, as well as their individual patients.
It also draws on analysis of routine data from a notional general practice of 10,000 patients and a series of interviews conducted with GPs and practice managers who are participating in the NAPC’s newly-established Practice Innovation Network, which brings together staff from GP practices to develop and test out new approaches to population health management.
Much more could be done to reach out to their local communities and prevent chronic conditions, at the same time as taking better care of those with long-term conditionsRuth Thorlby, Nuffield Trust Senior Fellow and report author
The report is authored by Ruth Thorlby, Senior Fellow at the Nuffield Trust. Several key points are made in the report, including:
Ruth Thorlby, the report’s author, said:
’There was real enthusiasm for change amongst staff from these general practices, who feel that much more could be done to reach out to their local communities and prevent chronic conditions, at the same time as taking better care of those with long-term conditions.
‘Achieving this vision will require support, to help practices make better use of their staff and data, and form strong working partnerships with other practices and providers.’
This research forms part of the Nuffield Trust’s programme of work that aims to support the development of new models of primary care, alongside the emerging clinical commissioning groups.