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  • From primary care networks to integrated care systems

    25 April 2019

    The NHS Long Term Plan puts primary care at the heart of plans for integrated care systems (ICS). Primary care networks (PCNs) will be the building blocks for general practice to work at neighbourhood level with other community based services. Primary care networks will be underpinned by contractual arrangements and funding, but will these really enable PCNs to be at the heart of ICS? This workshop on 15 May in Birmingham will help you understand the components of the new system architecture and how it is likely to fit together. We will hear from a leading lawyer about the essentials PCNs need to get started, GPs from NHS Dudley CCG who will share learning from their journey towards integrated care, and from a GP partner who has supported many GP practices to work at scale.

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  • No integrated care without strong primary care

    18 April 2019

    Primary care networks (PCNs) have the potential to be the foundation for a truly integrated care system, argues Professor David Colin-Thomé. The former GP and national director of primary care writes that while PCNs give call for optimism they run the same risk as previous initiatives. “For me, the only purpose of integrated care should be to benefit the individual patient or service user. Any other purpose will create a large provider ‘capture’ of all care which could well lessen choice, responsiveness and accountability to the patient,” he writes. Professor Colin-Thomé will chair a panel discussion on the role of PCNs at the Hill Dickinson ICS Summit on 21 May in London. To secure a place at the event visit the Hill Dickinson website.

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  • Putting primary care networks into practice: form and function

    4 April 2019

    Primary care networks (PCNs) promise to change the way GP services are delivered. They have a central role in meeting the NHS Long Term Plan’s commitment to deliver better integrated local services that bring together primary care, community services, social care and the voluntary sector.

    The GP contract and the payment mechanism for PCNs are both now in the public domain, but where do we go from here? With PCNs expected to be covering the country and able to start providing services from 1 July, this event on 29 May in London and 30 May in Manchester provides an opportunity to take stock and start planning in earnest.

    Book before 1 May and receive 20% off the full delegate price.

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