Under the primary care network DES, networks can recruit new roles to expand their care team with NHSE/I, with a forecast of 26,000 additional staff working in general practice by 2024.
The aim of the ARRS scheme is to build and use the additional roles to solve the workforce shortage in general practice. Each network will have the flexibility to determine which roles form a core list they require based on patient population requirements.
Roles included in the scheme are:
- physicians associate
- clinical pharmacist
- nursing associate
- social prescribing link worker
- first contact physiotherapist
- community paramedic
- care co-ordinator
- health and wellbeing coach
- occupational therapist
- mental health practitioner.