A new plan has paved the way to put GPs back at the heart of the NHS across Greater Manchester. The Partnership has committed to a £41m investment over five years, the largest, single investment from the Partnership’s £450m Transformation Fund.

The extra funding will mean improved access to routine GP care in all ten boroughs across Greater Manchester.

These services – open seven days a week and serving populations of 30-50,000 – will offer a wide range of health and social care services, including diagnostic tests, access to both routine and urgent care and offer support to nursing and residential homes.

This investment will also enable longer opening hours seven days a week for patients, including from 8am – 8pm on weekdays and at least four hours on both Saturdays and Sundays.

“It’s hugely exciting to both shape and be a part of these changes. This investment will ensure that our GPs and other healthcare professionals are able to provide high quality care now and in the future and that patients’ will be able to receive more care closer to home.”

– Dr Tracey Vell, GP and Associate Lead Primary Care

The difficulties that people have in finding their way around the system will be reduced through the introduction of more care navigators; individuals, who bridge the gaps between health and social care and ensure that people can access non-medical support such as transport services, benefits advice, help around the home etc.

GPs will be supported by medical assistants who will be able to reduce the time GPs spend doing administrative work. There will be a focus on improving the use of technology, including via a mobile app, so patients can select different types of appointments: face-to-face, telephone, nurse-led, online etc.

“Putting primary care back at the heart of our local communities is absolutely the right thing to do and shows how devolution can make gains for patients’ right across Greater Manchester.”

– Lord Peter Smith, Chair of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Investment will also be made to fund clinical pharmacists to work alongside GPs. The clinical pharmacists will provide advice and expertise in medicines to support GPs and patients to gain the greatest benefit from their medication. They will take responsibility for clinical medication reviews, especially where patients are taking a number of medicines and work with the wider healthcare teams such as community and hospital pharmacy to improve outcomes for patients. The clinical pharmacist will also support the ambition to improve the quality of care for our patients across Greater Manchester.

GPs will also be able to access patient notes regardless of which practice they are registered to.

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