10 July 2019 

Demystifying population health management

Population health management helps us understand and predict future health and care needs so that we can better target support, make better use of resources and reduce health inequalities. Jacquie White explains why this topic is currently gathering momentum in the health and care sphere and how it can make a difference at a local level in her new blog.

new visual guide has also been developed to help simplify and explain what is meant by population health management.

New ways of working to free up doctors

Around 7,000 practices across England – more than 99% – have come together to form over 1,200 Primary Care Networks, in which general practices will work together to deliver a wider range of specialist care services than ever before. Practice GPs will recruit multi-disciplinary teams including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics, physician associates and social prescribing support workers, freeing up family doctors to focus on the sickest patients. The move, a key feature of the NHS Long Term Plan, represents the greatest transformation to primary medical and community healthcare in a generation. Find out more in this blog.

At the NHS Confederation conference in June, a panel of four system leaders considered how we can support systems to achieve integrated care by 2021. The discussion touched on a wide variety of points, however a few key themes shone through which have been summarised in our latest case study. You can also watch a condensed version of the panel.

Support for social prescribing

A new learning support guide has been developed for those leading the local implementation of social prescribing. It sets out what good social prescribing looks like and why social prescribing improves outcomes and experiences for people, their families and carers, as well as achieving more value from the system. GP Dr Marie Anne Essam also discusses how social prescribing will see new opportunities opening up for people and for practices in a new blog. The NHS Long Term Plan committed to having 1,000 social prescribing link workers in place by 2021, with more after that, helping 900,000 people to benefit.

Health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) are achieving their goal to help people lead healthier and happier lives in their communities, a new report published by the Local Government Association (LGA) shows. The report captures the achievements, challenges and learning from 22 effective HWBs across the country, all of which are making good progress on integrating health and care, improving wellbeing and tackling the wider determinants of health.