An intern from Yale University has been working to support the development of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) across Norfolk and Waveney STP.
The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a new service model for primary and community health and care services based on PCNs, which must be in place throughout England and operating from July 2019.
Casey Chu, who hails from Toronto, Canada, is spending six weeks with the STP looking at some of the challenges and opportunities around developing PCNs.
There will be 17 PCNs in Norfolk and Waveney which will see teams made up of GPs and other health and care professionals who provide coordinate care near to where people live. These teams will include social workers, pharmacists, district nurses, mental health workers, physiotherapists and colleagues from the voluntary sector.
Casey, who is studying for a Masters of Public Health at Yale School of Public Health in Connecticut, is studying the workforce transformation requirements and population health management opportunities that will enable PCNs to better serve their populations. She will focus on a PCN in North Norfolk.
Casey is being hosted by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) and is interning on behalf of Yale's Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) Partnership.
Casey said. “This has been an amazing opportunity for me. My main area of focus has been to look at some of the workforce opportunities and how these might lead to better outcomes. I am going to be looking at data to see if we can identify gaps in our workforce and how we might be able to utilise new clinical roles such as physician associates or clinical pharmacists to address some of these workforce challenges.”