Care homes and primary care: co-producing a sustainable relationship

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The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the complex relationship between care homes and primary care and inequalities in service access and quality of care. Studies and national guidance have identified new ways of working to enable GPs and others to work well with care homes.

Developing a vision for primary care which enables access to healthcare that reflects care home residents’ needs and priorities and how it might be achieved within current structures and resources


This fellowship will use a co-production approach (Appreciative Inquiry) working with care home staff, residents and their families, GPs, and community specialists to develop and improve services provided to care homes. Drawing on recent experiences from the pandemic, the project will involve group discussions and interviews to take learning from what works well. The learning will be used to identify key principles of working together and what needs to be in place to achieve sustainable change so there is improvement to care home residents and staff access to healthcare.

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