27 October

Primary Care Professionals have created a new Workforce Redesign department which focuses on placing non-GP healthcare professionals, such as pharmacists, mental health nurses and physiotherapists, into GP surgeries.

Providing a more specialist approach, it is designed primarily to alleviate the pressure on GPs and to help them to spread their workload. This means GPs can use their time more efficiently and give more value to their patients. While it doesn’t specifically address the national shortage of General Practitioners, Workforce Redesign will radically change the way a practice is run and bring enormous relief to GPs, nurses, staff and patients.

The NHS GP Forward View plan has pledged funding for 3000 mental health therapists and 1500 pharmacists from 2016/2017 to 2020. Although the funding hasn’t yet been released, Practice Managers and Federations are already taking action for their own surgeries as they have realised that spreading the workload will reduce costs and waiting times and, as a result, provide a comprehensive and inclusive service which ultimately leads to improved patient care and happier patients.

Surgeries are now employing the following staff:

Pharmacists
Practice Nurses
Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Physiotherapists
Mental Health Nurses
CBT Therapists
Counsellors
Nursing Associates
Physician Associates
Emergency Care Practitioner

The above professionals provide expertise in their specialist areas ie a Pharmacist and an ANP can both prescribe and see patients who have minor illnesses. Whilst a Pharmacist is a medicine specialist and can reduce the prescribing of multiple drugs, a Nurse can provide more patient-focused care. A Physiotherapist specialises in essential physical therapy within the surgery and with the growing recognition of mental health wellbeing, a Mental Health professional can offer much needed talking therapies, thus reducing referrals to other services not run by the practice.

Primary Care Professionals have a specialist Workforce Redesign team in place who can work with you on your current workforce structure and suggest improvements where possible. If you would like to discuss the options available then please call Lauren at Primary Care Professionals on 0203 137 2114

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