When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the Academy had just launched a nationally funded, intensive 20 week Population Heath Management (PHM) Development Programme with four of our Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

Eight weeks on, work is now starting again to realign the PHM programmes nationally, setting them up to continue virtually and with a focus on supporting recovery and restoration.

Surrey Heartlands is exploring how to target those patients with multiple long term conditions or those for whom social isolation will have negatively impacted on managing their health and care. We hope to use the programme to develop support interventions with PCNs together with local partners.

Explains Luke Burton, Programme Manager: “We were in a good position because of the programme when Covid hit us. We had the relationships and experience building data together and we’ve already been able to utilise the linked data we had from the start of the pilot and examine it for a Covid risk for population groups. This work is helping inform the recovery elements as it pulls out long term conditions that are associated with Covid risks.”

One of the ways this data been used is by Guildford and Waverley Integrated Care Partnership to identify frail and elderly patients and to investigate setting up a frailty hub led by the PCNs to treat multiple conditions.

Over the next few months we will agree how the modified PHM development programme could support restoration, recovery and new ways of working following the COVID-19 outbreak.