Sustaining and transforming primary care will help to support changes across the whole of the health and social care system so that patients can continue to receive high-quality care.
Below are examples of how different areas of health are working together to provide the best care for local people.
Dental practices will work closely with general practices and other primary care services to help manage patients’ health. We aim to develop more specialist dental services in the community for oral surgery and orthodontics.
General practices will work more closely with dental practices and will be able to refer patients to dental services. In the same way, dentists will be able to signpost patients into general practice and other health services if they identify other health needs during a dental appointment.
Community pharmacies will work closely with general practices and other primary care services to help manage patients’ health.
They will increasingly be the first place patients go to when they need healthcare advice and treatment for minor illness and injury. Our ambition is that pharmacists will be able to prescribe, as well as supply medication and make appointments for patients with other health professionals.
Eye health services
We aim to move more eye health services into the community to make it easier for patients to access them.
General practices will work more closely with eye health services and will be able to refer into the primary eye care service.