GPs to oversee social care for vulnerable patients under contract changes, says Hunt

Family doctors will also be asked review emergency admissions to hospitals to prevent avoidable call-outs

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (Credit: Ben Cawthra/Rex Features)

GPs will oversee social care for vulnerable patients under changes to their contracts announced today by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Family doctors will “case manage proactively” patients with complex needs by developing and regularly reviewing personalised care plans that will cover health and social care needs, under their contract for 2014-15.

Each vulnerable person will have a named accountable GP and care co-ordinator but it is not clear whether co-ordinators will come predominantly from the NHS or whether this could be a role for social workers.

Also, the relationship between GPs’ oversight of integrated care plans for people with complex needs and local authorities’ responsibility for their social care has not been set out.

Under other changes, care homes will be able to call GPs for advice on decisions about hospital admissions, and GPs would be asked to regularly review emergency admissions from care homes.

Hunt said the changes would prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital. “This is about fixing the long-term pressures on our A&E services, empowering hard-working doctors and improving care for those with the greatest need.”

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One Response to GPs to oversee social care for vulnerable patients under contract changes, says Hunt

  1. DementiaView November 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Oh, not so sure its the best way to go.

    Wonder how many calls from care homes are made on the Monday morning as to the weekend?

    Over the phone talking to a social care worker about condition of person … oh boy … you cannot be serious?

    Even a doctor gets vital signs wrong at times.

    A named accountable GP? That’s if you can find that GP at their practice, some GPs only one day a week at practice, as for full time GP at a practice, are there any nowdays?