Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) provides opportunities for AHPs to develop advanced practice roles whilst showcasing their capabilities and reducing the burden on GPs.
Birmingham has 29 Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Prior to February 2021, no PCN’s had used the ARRS to fund Dietitians. Patients experienced unnecessary delays and were unable to access care in a timely manner due to gaps in dietetic services and increased pressures on GP.
This posed two problems:
To grow the Dietetic workforce and provide opportunities for professional development to improve patients’ access to care.
Links were made with several PCN Clinical Directors. Meetings and presentations were held to outline opportunities for ARRS dietitians to improve patient access to care and reduce the burden on GPs.
A funding model which would cover some of our management costs was developed.
Recruitment commenced and support was provided for the Dietitians to navigate Primary Care and its systems.
This model for a host Trust employing ARRS Dietitians (or other AHP staff) for Primary Care has significant potential to benefit patients, expand the profession, improve integration, and foster collaboration.
Paul McArdle: [email protected]