PCC assembled a panel of experts to debate the likely evolution of multispecialty community providers, one of the new models of care envisaged by the Five Year Forward View. The experts included leaders of GP federations, community pharmacy and community providers, some of whom are already breaking down traditional barriers between professions and services. The group urged commissioners and providers to take a broad view of the subject, not to wait for a definitive model to emerge.
It is a sign that an organisational structure is here to stay when it gets its own representative body.
This month the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) hosted the inaugural meeting of an organisation intended to support and promote the development and growth of GP federations and similar organisations providing out-of-hospital care.
Federations, which could morph into multispecialty community providers (MCPs), are expected to be the key members of the new National Association of Provider Organisations (NAPO).
Families with a child with profound disabilities are a willing and rich source of expertise for the NHS, one parent campaigner has said.
However, Katie Clarke was one of several participants at a PCC workshop on the patient’s role in care to voice frustration at the lack of progress 20 years after the first guidance was issued on patient engagement.
She outlined the experiences of her 22 year old daughter, Nadia, who was born profoundly deaf and with profound physical disabilities that impair her mobility.
The rise of federations could boost the career prospects of practice nurses, the Royal College of Nursing has suggested.
Marina Lupati, the college’s professional lead for primary and community nursing, said: “We have practice nurses doing specific tasks but they have no opportunity to be leaders. There are a lot of very competent and capable practice nurses working out there but they have no career progression.”