Primary care is the foundation of every local healthcare system. But a combination of steadily increasing patient needs, ageing populations and a shortage of key skills means the sector is struggling to find ways to ensure the long-term sustainability of their services.
At the same time, COVID-19 rapidly changed how primary care delivers services, giving rise to more digital and remote consultations, for example. While these changes have protected patients and staff, they’ve also highlighted how different the future primary care workforce could be.
This is a complex landscape, but it does hold opportunities. There’s unprecedented impetus for change, and the right actions now will secure a positive human future for society. GPs and system leaders must work together to find ingenious, shared solutions to meet changing demands.
To do so, leaders will need a clear plan for deploying existing resources while using advanced data analytics to assess what they’ll need in the future. Only then will they be able to show how they can transition to a new mix of services, channels and care professionals to better meet the needs of their population.
Watch the video below to see how our workforce planning tools generate compelling insights and plans to ensure care systems can provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time.