The Health Foundation is excited to launch a new funding programme to help improve patient care and outcomes by exploring how to increase continuity of care within general practice.

This programme is inspired by recent Health Foundation research which demonstrated that patients with ambulatory care sensitive conditions who see the same GP a greater proportion of the time have fewer unplanned hospital admissions. Our programme will explore the potential for general practice to increase continuity of care for its patients and improve their care. 

We’re offering 3-4 large scale GP practices and federations grants of up to £250,000 over 12-24 months to carry out targeted quality improvement work to increase continuity in their practices. We understand the pressures faced by professionals working in general practice and want to know whether an increased focus on continuity of care can help bring benefits to both staff and patients.   

Programme offer

  • Funding for up to 24 months
  • Support with data analysis commissioned by the Health Foundation
  • Project evaluation commissioned by the Health Foundation
  • Technical support to help with project delivery

To make sure our funding programme supports your work in primary care, we want to find out how you define continuity. So far, our understanding of continuity is:

  • Relational continuity - the same professional seeing the same patient over a period of time.
  • Informational continuity - professionals having access to accurate, up to date, patient records. 
  • Managerial continuity - a system which enables timely and efficient handovers of care between individual clinicians, teams and organisations.

Some of our ideas for projects include delivering continuity through sub team working, identifying and targeting continuity at specific cohorts of patients who may specifically benefit from this approach or using digital technology to increase continuity. We’d really like to hear your ideas.

We are interested in working with practices who have a commitment to solving this problem, experience of delivering quality improvement projects and a culture of evaluation and learning within their organisation.

This programme has been developed with the advice and support of the Royal College of General Practitioners:

‘Continuity of care is a critical element of general practice, in particular continuity of the personal relationship between patients and their general practitioner. The RCGP strongly supports this programme which will give us new insights into how best to deliver continuity in an increasingly challenging environment.’  

Professor Martin Marshall, Vice-Chair External Affairs, Royal College of General Practitioners

How to apply

  1. The window for submitting expressions of interest and discussing these with us has now closed.

  2. Teams who are successful at the expression of interest stage will be invited to submit an online formal application.

Important dates

Activity Date
Expression of interest phase closes Friday 24 August (midday)

Teams informed of outcome from expressions of interest, and shortlisted teams invited to make formal application

Friday 7 September

Deadline for formal applications

Monday 24 September (midday)

Interviews

Wednesday 3 October
Teams notified of final decision By Friday 5 October

If you have any questions please contact continuityofcare@health.org.uk.