In Winchester there are 15 registered care homes, with approximately 704 beds. The new Primary Care Network contract released in 2019/20 sets a vision to improve healthcare support and communication between Care Homes and NHS providers. Prior to the PCN contract the 3 Winchester GP practices had patients at each of the homes. This caused confusion for staff, patients and families along with inefficient ways of working due to visiting duplication, mixed processes. In September 2019 the 3 Winchester City practices worked together to evenly divide the care homes between them with the view of improving communication, single processes, time efficiencies, 1-2-1 training, etc which all result in better, more appropriate care for the patients. Patients residing in a Care Home are encouraged to reregister with the GP provider of that home but ultimately it remains patient choice.
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The GP Contract states that there will be seven national service specifications, one of these is Enhanced Health in Care Homes specification, the new GP contract will support this
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