Developing the primary health care home: insights from New Zealand
- Forum Lecture Theatre, Medical School, University of Birmigham
- Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Social Sciences
HSMC and College of Medical and Dental Science seminar
Chairs: Professor Judith Smith and Professor Kate Thomas
NHS general practice is under severe pressure, struggling to meet demand from patients for appointments and care. Meanwhile, politicians and policy makers exhort primary care to open for longer hours, adopt technology at a faster rate, and ‘transform’ to meet current and future health needs. This desire for new models of primary care to meet the changing health needs of the population is not unique to the UK – it is also common to Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and New Zealand among others.
In some areas of New Zealand, there has been extensive work undertaken to develop a strongly focused ‘primary health care home’ that builds on a firm foundation of general practice whilst making significant changes to the ways in which care is delivered by all members of the care team. This approach seeks to provide truly patient-centred care through bringing together the primary care professionals and services that can support people with multiple and long-term conditions, whilst also offering rapid and appropriate access to episodic and preventative care and advice for the wider population.
Developed initially in the USA, the principles of the Health Care Home approach underpin developments within NHS Vanguard care models, NHS Integrated Care and Support Pioneer Schemes, and the National Association of Primary care’s Primary Care Home programme.
This seminar will provide an unique opportunity to learn directly from the experiences of the Midlands Health Network in New Zealand which has been at the leading edge of work to implement the Health Care Home model in Australasia. The seminar will be given by John Macaskill-Smith, Chief Executive of the Midlands Health Network and Helen Parker, General Manager, and will focus on setting out ways in which changes are being made to the organisation and delivery of general practice and primary care, the lessons learnt, and benefits gained so far.
This event is free to attend.