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  • Primary medical services: Policy and Guidance Manual - contracting and patients

    15 May 2018

    As of April 2018, 91% of CCGs have taken on delegated responsibility for the commissioning and management of primary medical services, but NHS England remains liable for the decisions they take. In November 2017 NHS England published the Policy and Guidance Manual to mitigate the risk of time-consuming and costly challenges to primary medical contracts.

    PCC successfully supported NHS England in delivering national events to introduce the PGM in late 2017. Now it is running further events to clarify the guidance and regulations required to manage and govern these contracts properly.

    The events on 19 June in Peterborough and 12 July in Sheffield focus on key aspects of the Policy and Guidance Manual, using scenarios and opportunities for questions to give commissioners a better understanding of contracting and patient matters.

    You should attend if you have direct responsibility or oversight of the management of primary medical contracts in a CCG or if you work in an NHS England team providing support to CCGs in their new delegated roles.

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  • Mergers, STPs, GP federations and much more in May Commissioning Excellence

    8 May 2018

    Practice mergers are often driven by necessity but provide the opportunity for CCGs and their members to think beyond the legal formalities and start to address problems of workload and workforce. The latest edition of Commissioning Excellence considers the steps to successful mergers, including what happens after the ink dries on the deal when arguably the real work begins. In related articles we consider why and how practices should claim a seat at the table with their local STP/ICS and Dr Mike Smith advises GP federations on how to avoid an early grave. Plus we look at the Health Education England rotating paramedic programme and a referral management system developed by a group of Leicestershire CCGs and their practices.

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  • At the table or on the menu: the choice for general practice

    26 April 2018

    Recent planning guidance from NHS England sends a clear signal to general practices that if they don’t start working together of their own accord solutions may be imposed from above. A briefing from PCC reminds practices that regardless of national policy, there are compelling reasons for greater collaboration now. Great scale will also increase the opportunities for general practice to influence the development of integrated care systems – the same systems that may ultimately shape their own futures.

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