As part of the Long-Term Plan, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and General Practices are encouraged to build a team of people with diverse skills and capabilities to support increased access for patients, alleviate pressures on existing staff, and improve the quality of care and services. The Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) provides PCNs with funding for some of these roles. Under the Primary Care Network DES, networks are able to 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 scheme is to build and utilise the additional roles to solve the workforce shortage in general practice. Whereas the funding will be for new roles being introduced within PCNs, each network will have the flexibility to determine which roles form a core list they require based on their patient population requirements.
This website offers information, tools and links to help with the understanding of the various roles and how they support primary care.