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£5 per patient to deliver named GP for over-75s

Money will be diverted from the hospitals budget to help reduce avoidable hospital admissions

Ingrid Torjesen

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

GP practices are set to receive around £5 per patient to deliver the Government’s plans for a ‘named GP’ for elderly patients.

The money is to deliver plans to improve the care of older people with complex health needs and reduce avoidable admissions. The funds will be transferred from the hospitals budget, NHS England has revealed a draft planning guidance paper.

Clinical commissioning groups have been told that implementing plans for an accountable GP for all patients aged 75 and over with complex needs will be a specific focus for 2014/15, and that they must support practices in arranging a comprehensive and co-ordinated package of care for these patients.

“[CCGs] will be expected to provide additional funding to commission additional services which practices, individually or collectively, have identified will further support the accountable GP in improving quality of care for older people. This funding should be at around £5 per head of population for each practice,” the document says.

And it adds that practices will need to have influence over CCG commissioning of associated community services, community nursing, district nursing and end-of-life care, so that accountable GPs can discharge their responsibilities.

Ultimately the same arrangement could be brought in for younger patients and more money made available, the document hints. “Our expectation is that similar arrangements will apply to increasing numbers of people with long-term conditions in future years,” it says.

“Practices should have the confidence that, where these initial investment plans successfully reduce emergency admissions, it will be possible to maintain and potentially increase this investment on a recurrent basis.”

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