The KMPCTH and the Integrated Care Board (ICB) work together to create and share useful resources to support Primary Care Networks (PCNs), practices and the patient population, and are happy to share communication and engagement resources relevant to general practice, to help multi-professional teams to effectively communicate with patients.
General Practice Communication and Engagement Toolkit
The Communications and Engagement Toolkit contains a variety of materials, that can be used across the practice’s communication channels (including social media, posters in waiting areas and practice websites), to keep patients informed and answer some queries and issues.
Local Case Studies
One of the best ways to tell a positive story – and certainly the best way to explain to the public – is to have a case study, from a patient’s perspective, which highlights the benefits, changes and impacts a service has on the people it is designed to help. Find tips on writing your own case study under ‘Telling your story’.
Across Kent and Medway, PCN and practice teams are working collaboratively and innovatively to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for their patient populations.
Find some case studies below.
Due to workforce capacity issues, various pressures on practices and online consultation activity increasing, the PCN built a PCN Hub Operating Model to streamline the online consultation process. The model encouraged collaborative working between practices and improved the way patient requests and appointments were organised across the PCN.
Improving patient experience
MHP identified the need for patients to be educated about the Pharmacy CPCS Referral routes available to them in order to give them the tools they need, which aims to support them to manage their routine medical needs by discussing their symptoms with a Pharmacist and using over the counter medications to combat their symptoms for a safe period of time.
Three Children and Young Peoples Social Prescribing Link Workers were employed by the PCN. A programme was created to facilitate a series of workshops at a local hub, for young people over the summer holidays, to support children and young people with their self-esteem, anxiety and stress.
The aim was to improve access to professional advice and to enable and empower women to discuss their menopause issues and concerns in a supportive and safe environment. Clinical staff who had a general interest & knowledge in women’s health attended courses on menopause & HRT. Then women who wished to have a menopause appointment to join a group consultation.
A Same Day Hub service was built in order to improve access for patients, streamline care to the most appropriate Healthcare professional; with morning calls triaged, and acute/on the day presentations added to a same day hub list. Patients are contacted and face to face appointments are provided in the same morning if needed.
The Primary Care Network searched and targeted specific groups in the community. They used an old, reworked ambulance to provide health checks in the community and worked with external and health organisations to provide treatment, support and resources to support hard to reach groups.
The project began as an attempt by Health Care Partnership partners to work in the most deprived area within the locality, they focussed on the needs of people with the worst health in the area: Park Wood and Shepway. The larder is unlike a foodbank in that a minimal charge is made for food, aimed at preserving the pride of the people seeking support.
The team designed and ran several projects to tackle deprivation and health inequalities, build community cohesion and improve health outcomes for specific areas in their locality. These projects were: Health & Wellbeing Coaches, Sevenoaks Social Kitchen, Children’s Mental Health, Parent’s Mental Health, Children’s Healthy Lifestyles, Young Carers and Care Coordinators.
Tonbridge Primary Care Network focussed on creating an integrated neighbourhood team, working between their PCN and local KCHFT teams, to improve the care of patients with frailty. Aims included: improving response times, access to face-to-face clinical assessment for housebound patients and increased team working.
The Primary Care Network set up a workforce education project to provide training acrossfour practices. The project included education for all members of the multidisciplinary workforce, such as: Friday education sessions, tutorials led by in-house clinicians in their area of expertise, Clinical Supervision and peer education sessions.
To improve health and wellbeing amongst staff, the practice introduced various changes to improve morale, recognise & acknowledge achievements, and provide a supportive environment. Examples of the changes implemented are: 6 monthly staff surveys, a health and wellbeing board, walking groups and social events.
Due to low morale amongst staff members, the practice’s health and wellbeing team members wanted to create an environment where staff felt valued, respected and able to flourish. They have introduced a tuck shop, wellbeing walks and organised family days and staff events.