Southampton Primary Care: Empowering GP practices to transform primary care through analytics

There is a perfect storm happening in primary care, say PA Consulting. In this article they talk about how to combat the combination of pressures from shrinking budgets, aging populations and difficulty retaining talent.
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By PA Consulting

20 Jul 2020

A perfect storm is happening in primary care. The combination of pressures from shrinking budgets, aging populations and difficulty retaining talent is creating significant challenges for general practitioner (GP) practices in the UK. To meet these challenges, Southampton Primary Care Ltd (SPCL) wanted to maximise their existing workforce to make the 28 practices in the city more sustainable and improve access to care for their 280,000 patients. We worked with SPCL to identify the biggest challenges facing GP services and investigate their options to address them and build a more sustainable future.

Key successes:
  • aligned key executives across 28 practices around a workforce plan
  • redesigned care to serve a population of 280,000 with myriad health conditions
  • empowered a 2,000-strong workforce to work more effectively
Addressing the rising shortage of healthcare staff

The UK National Health Service (NHS) has charged trusts and practices to address cost pressures by increasing their effectiveness, publishing a Long Term Plan. Local providers created initial sustainability and transformation partnership proposals and operational plans that describe how they will meet national goals.

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