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This Issue of LJPC (9.2) is deliberately short, to complement a Virtual Issue on New Care Models, also presented in March 2017. The Virtual Issue highlights 18 previously published LJPC papers that have explored different aspects of integrated care and health promotion at local, community level. These papers will support discussions at the 30 March 2017 London City Health Conference, hosted by RCGP London in collaboration with LJPC. The City Health Conference focuses on New Models of Care – ways to integrate care and health promotion at local, community level.
Simply put, general practice cannot achieve on its own everything that general practice needs to achieve. Its traditional values of whole person, community-oriented care and health promotion need to be embedded within whole communities, networks and systems. This means systems to support a grand alliance for health and care – horizontally for inter-disciplinary team-working that builds communities for health, and vertically for generalist/specialist collaboration for good medical care. The question is, how we do this in sustainable and efficient ways?
The two papers in Issue 9.2 build from the 18 papers in the Virtual Issue on New Care Models
LJPC welcomes papers that help to understand how to practically achieve integrated care and integrated health promotion at local, community level. Please keep them coming.