Position statement on primary care for older people

This paper sets out BGS's views on how primary care can deliver better health outcomes for older people. We call for the changes required to achieve this to be built into the Government’s long term plans for the NHS.

Our vision is of a society where all older people receive high quality, patient-centred care when and where they need it. We have a strong interest in the effectiveness of primary care and the successful delivery of the NHS Five Year Forward View. We welcomed the increased investment included in the GP Forward View published in 2016 and the commitment to new models of care. We ask that this be built on now through the development and delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan due to be published this Autumn.

The identification and treatment of the effects of frailty in older people is now a core part of primary care. Our view is that there are some significant changes that would help to support and strengthen the delivery of primary care for older people living with frailty, whether mild, moderate or severe, and as people approach the end of life. They would help to ensure that older people are able to access the right care at the right time, would focus on prevention of deterioration and optimisation of independence, and help to better realise the benefits of financial investment.

We continue to call for increased financial investment in health and social care at a level that is sufficient to deliver high quality, patient-centred care, and for system wide reform in the longer term.