The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of primary care at the core of health systems to manage demand and maintain continuity of care. This is compounded by shortages of family physicians and general practitioners to meet the healthcare needs of a growing population and provide regular preventative and patient-focused care to ensure potential and current health problems are managed at an early stage. As a result, the roles in primary care have been evolving to encourage a more collaborative and multidisciplinary approach with allied healthcare professionals to deliver effective care and meet this demand.
This conference will aim to explore what is being done in primary care worldwide, especially with the challenges of the pandemic - new ways of working, success stories locally and internationally with a view to how we can adapt it for our practices in the UK. It will highlight the success stories of our global medical colleagues in providing innovative practices using an inter-professional approach to deliver care in the community and general practice.
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During this session, you will be able to:
- To determine if integrated care tackles the labyrinth of scattered health services and improves patient outcomes
- To explore whether the reconfiguration of primary health care, which has multiple professionals with advanced skills working in teams and supported by digital technology, enabling seamless coordination of services delivered and engaging in preventative care
- Understand whether leveraging digital tools a=such as AI technology and telemedicine maintain continuity of care in treating patients remotely
- Review whether we can expand efforts to ensure resilience in future public health challenges, especially the growing burden of chronic conditions and ensure the sustainability of innovative developments in primary care
- Explore current innovations in practice by healthcare professionals working in inter-professional teams within advanced roles globally and consider whether these success stories can be successfully adapted into local healthcare systems
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