Why do you feel that innovation is importance to the future of Primary Care?


For the NAPC, innovation is not just about new ideas and processes, it’s about giving primary care the space to think differently. Our Primary Care Innovation Network was established in September 2012, (then called the Practice Innovation Network), where its first wave of ten member practices, led by the desire to innovate locally, described the unique challenges and successes of pursuing projects centred on population health. But these projects have not just ended, as with all PIN projects, they continue and evolve today.


We need innovation to continually test the waters. Change typically drives innovation and our industry is in a state of constant change. The interesting part is making change stick by implementing innovation in a way that improves the lives of the health and care workforce and that can be scaled up to have an effect on a population as a whole. NAPC provides this environment, working collaboratively with the breadth of Primary Care from GP Practices and Pharmacies to industry and affiliated partners, creating the right conditions to test, share and learn. This point features strongly in NAPC’s 7 Point Plan to empower Primary Care to deliver patient centred population healthcare.


NAPC will continue to test the waters of innovation, applying the Patch Adams approach of treating the person and not the disease, which completely aligns with our ethos of Salutogenesis - focus on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease. Supported by a range of practical resources, NAPC is facilitating opportunities to refine practices’ and federations of practices’ offerings to their registered patients and wider populations to enable them to become some of the finest nationally.  


Practices involved in our PIN Projects are able to engage with their community on a practical level, demonstrate planned proactive care of patients with long-term conditions and develop workable strategies to reduce the health inequality gap. All key components of population based healthcare.


The rationale behind this network is to demonstrate a range of practical interventions that can be spread via the NAPC, locally, nationally and potentially internationally.


The PIN is committed to understanding how general practice can develop models enabling Salutogenesis - an approach focusing on factors that support human health and wellbeing.


Our Projects

Innovation in Practices

September 2012 to March 2014

Since September 2012, the Practice Innovation Network has been engaging and supporting its first wave of committed member practices led by the desire to innovate locally. Innovation in Practices is NAPC's first innovation project and describes the unique challenges and successes of tem practices as they pursue continous improvement.


Primary Care Navigators (PCNs) for Dementia

March 2014 to February 2015

The second innovation project is in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE). This project created and delivered a new training for GP Practices and Community Pharmacies focused on signposting people with dementia and their carers to the full range of support they need for all aspects of life and wellbeing post-diagnosis.


Innovating Patient Care in Type 2 Diabetes

October 2014 to March 2016

PIN3 launched in October 2014 as a Joint Working Initiative with Industry to improve the day to day care of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) through piloting a flexible approach to disease management. Incorporating ways that tools, medicines and interventions can be deployed to support this in a personalised way, giving patients ownership of their disease.


Primary Care Navigators PLUS (PCN+) for Diabetes and Associated Long Term Conditions

April 2015 to March 2016

A collaboration project with Health Education South London (HESL) that develops the PCN role to signpost people dealing with Diabetes and its associated long term conditions. This project aims to train existing Health Care Champions in Pharmacies and Practices to act as Navigators. NAPC is working with Local Care Networks and health and social care organisations throughout Lambeth, including the CCG and GP Federations, consulting on making the project most effective for all concerned - brought together with the support of Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC). 


Early Detection of Coeliac Disease Using Community Pharmacy

April 2015 to October 2015

NAPC are very excited at this particular project as we welcome the news of Caroline Quentin as the new Patron of Coeliac UK highlighting the charity’s campaign to find the missing half a million people in the UK who are currently undiagnosed with coeliac disease. 

Read the Coeliac UK press release





NAPC's PIN Project Pipleline

NAPC have a number of projects in its innovation pipeline with focus on:

  • Primary Care Navigators for Primary Care Home - evolving the PCN model nationally
  • IBD/Crohns Disease
  • Stoma Care
  • Medicines Optimisation
  • Digital e-Health
  • Frail and Elderly
  • Mental Health