Community Treatment and Care Services (CTAC)

We support health and social care partnerships (HSCPs) to plan, test and deliver community treatment and care services.

Why focus on this?

The 2018 General Medical Services Contract in Scotland (GMS 2018) introduced the idea of community treatment and care (CTAC) services as part of the priority areas for 2018-2021 Service Redesign. These services will be delivered by staff directly employed by HSCPs and include many non-GP services such as: 

  • Phlebotomy
  • Management of minor injuries and dressings
  • Ear syringing
  • Suture removal
  • Chronic disease monitoring and related data collection.
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Who are we working with?

We will be working with those working on the planning, testing and delivery of CTAC services.

How do we do this?

CTAC 90 day learning cycle

We completed a 90 day learning cycle process for CTAC which aimed to gain a greater understanding of:

  • What the key components are in implementing CTAC services
  • How demographics may affect the implementation of CTAC services. For example urban and rural settings.
  • What the benefits of CTAC services are to service users and service providers.

Our findings:

  • In phase 1 we interviewed a range of stakeholders to identify the key components required to implement CTAC services. We discovered some of the benefits as well as some of the challenges involved. View the flash report (PDF)
  • In phase 2 and 3 we focused on further understanding the key themes with our stakeholders. We focused on the barriers and possible solutions of rural CTAC services, how IT can enable services, patient engagement and how quality improvement could support the implementation. View the flash report (PDF)
  • View our final report (PDF) published in June for a more detailed summary of all of our findings.

Quality Improvement Support

On 11 June we will held an event with those participating in the CTAC 90 day learning cycle. On the day we discussed  the quality improvement support that would benefit those involved in the planning, testing and delivering CTAC services. More information will follow about the next steps to this event.

How will we know we have made a difference?

We continuously evaluate the impact of our work. Our final report is due in June which will include a detailed summary of our findings from the CTAC 90 day learning cycle. Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with all the latest developments. 

Stay in touch

Follow us on twitter @SPSP_PC  #ctacQI

Email us hcis.pcpteam@nhs.net