PCH story - rapid expansion
NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens launched the Primary Care Home programme in October 2015. Fifteen rapid test sites were chosen in December 2015 following a rigorous evaluation process, involving health and social care experts, patient representatives and an evaluation workshop.
Since then the programme has rapidly expanded – in December 2016 another 77 sites joined and in spring 2017 a further 77 sites successfully applied bringing the total primary care home sites to more than 160 across England, serving seven million patients and 12% of the population. The number continues to grow. All the sites are developing and testing the model as part of a community of practice.
Part of the latest NHS reforms
The primary care home model is featured in the Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View and is part of the practical delivery plans to transform primary care over the next two years to provide high quality services for patients and staff.
Primary Care Home combines characteristics which together provide cumulative benefits
1. Improved patient health and wellbeing
Improved demand management through patient activation and self care
Improved stratification and analysis of population health needs - more prevention, early detection and screening
Greater accessibility to primary care reducing demand on A&E
2. Improved quality of care for patients in local communities
Improved service availability - patients receive the right care in the right place
More finished episodes of care and extended continuity through perceptive and integrated community therapy - improved access and lower waiting times.
3. Improved utilisation and sustainability of local health and social care resources
Improved deployment of NHS and social care resources with improved patient experience and empowerment