New Publication and Webinar from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

The Clinical Innovation and Research Centre at the RCGP launched their new guidance: ‘Stepping Forward: commissioning principles for collaborative care and support planning’ at this year’s annual conference.

The guidance builds upon the thinking of the 2011 RCGP report ‘Care Planning: Improving the Lives of People with Long term Conditions’ and the RCGP ‘Inquiry into patient centred care’. We set out a vision where primary care teams are given the time and space to take a population-based view, and work proactively to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities for their patients.

We envisage all health care professionals becoming enthusiastic about working in partnership with people and their carers, and with other organisations and the wider community. This would ensure an integrated way of working and to achieve truly personalised, proactive, person-centred care.

Recognising there is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach, we seek to provide non-prescriptive recommendations, upon which Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities can embed collaborative care and support planning (CC&SP) as the core component of their models of care for people with long-term conditions. We provide some principles and pragmatic building blocks for delivery, illustrating these with case studies from CCGs around the country.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) are running a webinar to accompany the launch of the guide ‘

Chaired by Julie Wood, Chief Executive of NHSCC, the webinar will explore the experiences of two organisations that have implemented care and support planning in different ways. Participants will hear first hand some of the challenges and the rewards of introducing this new way of working before we open up an interactive Q and A session. Collaborative care and support planning requires an investment and leadership. Effective partnership working is still fairly new to the NHS and so we are all ‘learning by doing’. This webinar seeks to share some of that learning and encourage others to take the initiative forward.

To book your place please click here.

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