We have an ambitious programme to drive improved health outcomes for people through the development of strong local partnerships and working with people where they live.
These bring together health, local government, the voluntary, community and charity sector with wider partners across local populations of around 250,000 – 300,000, using local knowledge and relationships to reduce health inequalities and support delivery of local services across these smaller geographical footprints.
Another new way of working that is transforming the way family doctors and other health and care professionals offer care locally is through Primary Care Networks. These are groups of local GPs and other partners operating at a very local level to plan and provide care for local populations of between around 30,000 – 50,000.
Over time, we expect this to lead to the development of local neighbourhood teams, as recommended in the recently published Fuller Stocktake on integrated primary care.