The main role of GPs has always been treating common medical conditions and referring patients to hospitals or other services for urgent and specialist treatment.
But gradually the role of GPs and primary care teams are changing. Driven by the integration agenda – which seeks a greater level of collaboration across frontline services – but also by the changing nature of the population’s health needs and rising demand on the NHS, new kinds of primary care services are being established.
Increasingly, patients are able to access GP-led hubs offering a range of services, or are given a social prescription that provides them with access to non-medical support, such as social clubs, peer networks or arts therapy and gardening. However, even with growing evidence that these models of care can reduce long-term demand on acute services, we have not yet seen a major shift in this direction.Read more >