Primary care has a fundamental role to play in shaping and delivering the objectives identified in the NHS Long Term Plan by appropriately migrating care to an integrated community setting.
We support health systems at a strategic level to ensure STPs/ICSs and Primary Care Networks work collaboratively and have the resources and expertise required to develop primary care services that become a fundamental building block for each ICS. At a local level we also support practices and PCNs to innovate, improve and transform services. Our modular or end-to end solutions range from effective strategy development through to the implementation of change programmes that realise the benefits available from primary care at scale.
As ICSs and PCNs look to the future, and the need to develop strategies which deliver efficiencies and transform local services, our primary care solutions offer support spanning six essential areas:
We take a functional approach to workforce and strategy design that includes agreeing the care functions that are necessary to meet the population health needs of a PCN. We help build an understanding of the current skill mix and support planning for how this will develop over time. Our programmes deliver a positive team culture, training, development (from floor to board) and succession planning.
Our workforce and strategy support empowers health economies to collaboration based on a shared vision and objectives. We create a balanced workforce design and engage with Community Education Provider Networks (CEPN) and other education networks to improve capacity, capability and collaboration. Our approach moves away from modelling simply based on roles, to one of complimentary team-based care functions to design a truly integrated workforce that can:
Whatever your current system maturity or individual challenges, we can help you establish a workforce and strategy that supports the care functions required to meet your populations health needs now and in the future.
Our Population Health Management approach is built on bringing together our unparalleled access to data with advanced analytical expertise, to guide your primary care planning and delivery, with the aim of reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes.
To enable entire health systems, or PCNs, to adopt a PHM approach we offer two levels of support:
Population segmentation insight packs for primary care
Firstly, we work across your health system to develop robust data sharing agreements to facilitate the sharing and analysis of data at neighbourhood, place and system levels. Then we utilise our award-winning primary care segmentation model, benchmark performance against similar locations and deliver initial analysis and reporting. To turn this analysis into intelligence, we work collaboratively with you to understand the findings, explore how this data can support your PHM approach and determine the emerging priorities and potential next steps.
Primary care PHM strategy development
After establishing robust data sharing agreements, we complete an analytic validation and refinement of segmentation that utilises a health econometric analysis to identify impact and significance. This delivers initial insight and understanding at a PCN level that drives a ‘deep dive’ into key areas (e.g. diabetes and frailty) in order to identify and explore opportunities for efficiencies. We provide access to our unique PHM Explorer Tool and deliver facilitated sessions that empower your health system to explore data packs and understand the intelligence and applications within a wider PHM approach. We utilise this information and our experience to feed into your PHM strategy to:
Delivering the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambitions for primary care at scale will rely on general practices working together with other primary care contractors and a wide range of local providers, including community and secondary care services, social care and the voluntary sector.
To make this transformational change, PCNs will need to partner or form alliances with a wide range of individuals and organisations to successfully deliver personalised, coordinated health and care. Partnership arrangements could be operational ‘form’, parallel to or as part of an Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme, or organisational ‘function’ to deliver the integration of local services. But whichever approach is taken, commissioners will only contract with legal entities to meet their responsibilities under procurement law.
Arden & GEM partner with a range of legal firms that provide the specialist expertise required for developing partnerships covering both function and form. We draft and negotiate partnership agreements and act independently to resolve issues that arise during the process. Our services can provide certainty on arrangements for finances and decision making as well as averting future misunderstandings and disputes.
Our Partnerships and Contracts services support health systems at a strategic level to ensure STPs/ICSs and PCNs have the necessary agreements in place to deliver effective collaborative working.
Arden & GEM is ideally placed to support primary care discover, embrace and embed technologies that result in digitally transformed services. Our extensive work on the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) Programme provides unique insight and transferable learning that can help drive digital innovation at both a local and system level.
We provide digital solutions that fall into two main areas:
Enabling IT Services
Effective IT services provide the foundations for all digitally-enabled/digital first primary care. We already provide IT solutions for General Practice and commissioning organisations throughout England as well as emerging and developing GP Provider Organisations and Primary Care Networks. Delivering IT support to over 500 NHS sites enables scale economies that provide cost efficiencies and access to a broad range of specialist expertise. Our end-to-end IT services can be delivered at both a strategic and operational level and covers infrastructure, equipment and user support.
Digital Innovation and Transformation
Staying on top of digital innovations within primary care can feel overwhelming. With so many emerging technologies in the market, digital transformation must be carefully considered in order to minimise the risks and maximise the benefits.
We are utilising healthcare technology to reduce the burden on primary care professionals and to enable patients to access the care they need efficiently and flexibly. With a network of partners across the NHS, industry and government we are at the forefront of digital innovation and transformation spanning prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. From developing a digital strategy, to designing at-scale solutions, to delivering digitally-enabled care pathways, we have a wealth of experience and expertise to support you in your digital journey.
We offer both strategic and operational medicines management solutions that ensure the use of medicines is optimised throughout the NHS. By working with local, regional and national organisations, our clients enjoy scale economies, comply with latest policy guidance and ensure that patients get the most from their medicines.
Recent developments in the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES) have incentivised PCNs to secure additional pharmacy resource and provide medicines optimisation in care homes. We can support you to maximise this opportunity through:
Arden & GEM has one of the largest and most experienced medicines optimisation teams in the country, meaning we can also deliver direct support in areas including:
Our medicines optimisation team delivers experience and expertise gained within primary, secondary and community care. We can support practices and at-scale collaborations to improve prescribing practice and patient safety while also identifying significant cost savings.
Whether you are looking to deliver new services to meet the needs of your population or to reshape services to deliver efficiencies, our transformation experts provide the capacity and expertise required to deliver effective, strategic, tactical and operational change programmes. Our award-winning team combine established change management tools and techniques with health data and insight to deliver evidenced based and clinically appropriate transformation.
Our team bring unrivalled expertise in the development and delivery of integrated, cost-effective care to meet the needs of local populations - incorporating collaborations spanning health and social care, community, acute, mental and physical health services. As part of the NHS family, we understand the pressures you face in delivering better patient care alongside greater efficiencies. Our solutions provide value for both your organisation and the population you serve and deliver efficiencies and better outcomes for patients.
Improving care for patients, through extending local services and creating integrated teams, also requires GP practices to have the capacity to focus on designing and leading service improvements. Our range of high-quality, competitively priced and effective business support services enable the smooth running of practices and at-scale collaborations, so that staff have the time they need to innovate and transform.
Our extensive range of business support services includes:
We can keep your organisation safe and compliant, with all your business support needs met by just one NHS supplier, so you directly benefit from our economies of scale.
Benefits of primary care at scale
Our services are supporting health systems to:
We can support you to achieve at-scale delivery, run your day to day operations as smoothly and efficiently as possible, while extending and improving patient services through intelligent use of data and embracing new technology and ways of working.
We would love the opportunity to talk with you about working collaboratively to meet your primary care challenges.
Arden & GEM is already supporting primary care providers to deliver efficiency and improve outcomes for patients. Find out more by accessing the resources below.
The Complete Care Community programme team successfully hosted ‘The Future of General Practice’ Keynote Theatre at Best Practice on 13 October.
Arden & GEM’s medicines optimisation service has been shortlisted in the patient safety category at the PrescQIPP Awards 2021 for their work to help patients better manage medication through the Norfolk Medicines Support Service.
The Complete Care Community programme will take over ‘The Future of General Practice’ Keynote Theatre with a series of presentations during the first day (13 October) of Best Practice at Birmingham NEC.
Arden & GEM’s transformation team will be joining the NHS Patient Safety Conference 2021 to share the positive impact on patient care demonstrated by recent trials of remote diagnostic technology in care homes.
Arden & GEM’s Clinical Systems Training team will be speaking at a digital learning event on 29 September to share their experience of shaping learning to meet the needs of clinical system users in primary care.
Arden & GEM’s digital transformation team worked with Tekihealth to develop their product, customer base and evidence base through a 12-month programme of project management, evaluation, and business and service delivery support, which has seen two successful pilots take place.
Arden & GEM’s MOCH team provided interim support to South Warwickshire PCNs by undertaking medication reviews for care home residents to improve safety, reduce hospital admissions and deliver valued support to care homes.
A partnership project between NHS Arden & GEM CSU, NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG, and Tekihealth Solutions has been successfully shortlisted in the Pilot Project of the Year category at the Patient Safety Awards 2021.
Through PCNs, we have the potential to shift the dial on inequality for the first time in decades. In this blog, our Healthcare Solutions Director, Martin Charters, considers how PCNs can turn theory into practice and maximise the impact of new initiatives through shared learning.
Arden & GEM’s medicines optimisation team was commissioned by Derbyshire Dales PCN to provide a team of clinical pharmacists to deliver consistent and effective medication reviews for patients across their practices.
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