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Plans in place…

26 November 2018

Last week saw more detail in relation to the second significant ‘announcement’ in relation to how the 10 Year NHS plan is shaping up. We already know that there will be a focus within the plan on mental health services. However, in the recent prevention statement, ‘Prevention is better than cure’ by Matt Hancock, it was clear that there would be a core engagement with community health services, which provide a valuable and essential interface with social care delivery. It was important then to understand how that might manifest itself and we have not had to wait long to hear more detail of those arrangements. 

The headlines stated ‘Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and GPs, are to be assigned to care homes under a £3.5bn investment announced by the government.’

The initiative, which was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, is part of new funding for community and primary healthcare that is designed to keep more people out of hospital.

The national roll-out following a successful pilot aims to offer a more “personalised” service to care home residents by enabling healthcare professionals to get to know individuals’ needs so that they can provide tailored treatment and support. The teams include pharmacists and GPs who can also offer emergency care out of hours.

Having spent time with members, the relationship with both GP’s and pharmacies is critical, and for those organisations who are already strongly tied into these dedicated services, the value of this proposal to support people’s care will be high. Of course, we will need to look at how this actually plays out in practice. The Nuffield Trust, having looked in more detail at the figures, cast doubt on the assertion that this represents a boost to community health funding, arguing  “That means that, far from representing a big shift in funding towards out-of-hospital services, this money will simply allow GPs and community services to keep up with demand over the next five years. That’s important, but it means the new money announced today is not going to lead to a significant change in the way that people experience healthcare.”

However, the focus on the core relationship between GP’s and pharmacies and care homes is definitely to be welcomed. It is hoped that some of this funding will also make it’s way directly towards care homes, where the core drive to integrate and effectively share data between GP’s and primary care providers and care homes will need to accelerate to ensure that this new approach operates at maximum efficiency. 

EU Settled Status pilot update…

As we have reported in previous updates, health and social care staff are to be included in the pilot of the EU Settlement scheme. In recent weeks, NCF took part in webinars and discussions to find out more details about how the scheme will apply in practice. The latest information on this scheme can be found below, and the short pilot starts on the 29th November 2018 and ends on the 21st December 2018. It is intended that the full EU Settlement Scheme will be open early in 2019. 

There are three links to documents related to the roll-out of the EU Settlement Scheme pilot to the health and social care sector:

1. Briefing pack – This document contains an overview of the pilot, who is eligible and how the application will work. It also contains a series of links to further information on GOV.UK.

2. Email template – This is a draft email for you to send immediately to staff who are eligible to apply. Please feel free to tailor this as required or to replicate the content for your other internal channels. 
3. Poster – For displaying on staff notice boards.

These materials are intended to equip you with the information you need to start communicating with your staff. While the government hope that you will take up the opportunity to help your staff apply early to the EU Settlement Scheme, they note that you are under no obligation to do so and participation in the pilot phase is entirely voluntary. 

Please note, these materials do not contain the application URL. The link to start an application will be shared once the pilot goes live. You can also click here to register your email address to receive the URL automatically once it goes live on 29 November 2018. 

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