• Run by St Leonard’s Research Practice, Exeter.
  • Aiming to improve continuity between registered patients and their personal doctors in order achieve health improvements and increase patient satisfaction across five GP practices.
  • Will introduce interventions including a continuity toolkit, measurement methods and promotional materials that will increase commitment to continuity in practice staff and patients.
  •  Will run from January 2019 to December 2020.

'If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it'.

Repeated contact between an individual patient and a doctor gives them both the opportunity for improved understanding of each other’s views and priorities, and has been shown to reduce hospital admissions and mortality. However, such continuity of care is currently not often measured and so not managed.  

This project led by St Leonard’s Research Practice aims to improve relational continuity between registered patients and their personal doctors to achieve health improvements. It will focus on improving continuity for patients across a Continuity Improvement Federation that includes St Leonard’s and four other practices in Exmouth, Exeter and Mid Devon.

The first step will be to demonstrate how practices can measure continuity of care on a monthly basis using a GP-friendly instrument. Secondly, the project team will build and maintain relationships with GPs, administrative staff and patients in all the collaborating practices to secure their input and involvement in the delivery of continuity.

Thirdly, a series of workshops will be run to promote continuity and present research-based evidence on associated health improvements. Finally, a continuity toolkit, including a website, and promotional materials for practices and patients, will be developed.

These interventions will help to create a cultural change among GPs, administrative staff and patients that leads to continuity being better valued and implemented.

As well as maximising relational continuity with the patient’s own GP, the project team hopes to demonstrate measured improvements in practice performance indicators (such as hospital admissions, hospital attendances, and medicine uptake and adherence) and patient satisfaction.

Contact details

For more information, email Sir Denis Pereira Gray, Research Consultant at St Leonard's Research Practice.

You might also like...

Press release

Performance against the 4 hour A&E target has fallen to its lowest level on record

Health Foundation response to NHS Monthly Performance Statistics for February 2019

Improvement project

Reducing opioids through supportive education

This project is aiming to support patients living with chronic pain to reduce opioid use.

Improvement project

Developing home-based Parkinson’s care

This project will introduce a new way of working for Parkinson's nurses, that better meets the needs of patients and improves...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q Community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Find out more