Policy briefing

GP services and care homes

As the ageing population continues to grow, a greater emphasis on joined-up working between GPs and care homes should ensure timely and better care for residents. 

Essential facts

Improving how GPs and care home staff work together is essential for residents to receive more timely care, according to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Care home residents have up to 50% more emergency admissions and emergency department attendances than the general population over the age of 75. They also have about half the number of elective admissions and outpatient appointments, according to 2015 research from the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation.

A SCIE guide for care home managers says that the health and well-being of older people in care homes depends on them accessing primary care services in a timely way. Joint working between GP and care home management, the involvement of residents and relatives, and the engagement


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