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  • Primary care home under the spotlight

    9 February 2017

    General practice is under pressure to work together “at scale” to ease workload pressure, share skills and develop resilience. The primary care home (PCH) is increasingly appealing to those who see the logic in collaboration but want some say over how far and how fast they go. The latest edition of Commissioning Excellence talks to GP leaders of PCH rapid test sites. It also features top tips for service change and commissioning case studies.

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  • Going with the grain: new models for general practice

    24 January 2017

    GPs working at scale are central to the plan to transform the NHS. But before general practice can save the NHS it has to save itself.

    NHS leaders increasingly acknowledge that large-scale new care models (MCP and PACS) will take time. Meanwhile general practice cannot wait for solutions to problems that can only be solved by finding new ways to work – and better ways to work together.

    The new focus is on practices working together at a locality level, collaborating over a population of 30,000 to 50,000.

    At this event on 28 March in Leeds we provide the opportunity for general practices and commissioners responsible for supporting primary care transformation to learn from those who already collaborating, including Primary Care Home rapid test sites.

    Confirmed speakers include chief executive of Haverstock Healthcare Dr Mike Smith and Dr Stewart Smith from St Austell Healthcare.

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  • Primary medical services contracts - effective decision making

    24 January 2017

    More CCGs are taking on delegated responsibility for the commissioning and management of primary medical services. If not handled correctly any changes agreed in relation to primary medical contracts can be time consuming and costly. NHS England regional teams are also building teams to support CCGs in their new responsibilities. This event on 2 March in Manchester, 9 March in London, 4 July in Leeds and 13 July in Birmingham covers the key aspects of the contracts and how to apply the necessary changes. It also highlights the guidance and regulations required to manage and govern these contracts properly.

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