GPs will be required to visit care homes at least every fortnight from September under new requirements revealed by NHS England.
The Primary Care Networks Specifications propose that GPs work with community services to provide enhanced health in care homes, including a weekly ‘home round’, which may be led by a suitable clinician, as well as a GP-led visit carried out “at least” every fortnight.
The proposals follow a vote by GPs in November to remove care home visits from their core work (see Care England slams GPs vote to remove home visits from core work).
Speaking following the vote, a BMA spokesperson told CHP it did not mean that all home or care home visits would stop, adding GPs were simply asking for a properly commissioned, resourced and staffed service so that the best care was ensured for both patients who need visits and those who are coming into practices.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “Care England welcomes the plans to improve care homes access to GPs. As long ago as 2007 we published a report exposing the lack of GP support to care homes and it seems that our tenacious lobbying has finally delivered a result.”