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  • Social prescribing: what’s in it for practices and their patients?

    22 August 2019

    Social prescribing link-workers were among the first of the funded additional roles practices have been encouraged to employ under the network contract, so clearly policymakers think they could make a difference. But what exactly is social prescribing and why should practices take it seriously? In our latest podcast, we hear from Polly Goodwin, a PCC adviser who helps practice teams to implement care navigation and put social prescribing to work.

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  • Resilience means more than helping struggling practices

    15 August 2019

    Primary care networks create the opportunity for practices to benefit from their collective strengths, but they do not automatically overcome the weaknesses of underperforming members of the network. Around £8m of the £40m resilience fund NHS England announced with the GP Forward View is still available to support the development of practices in the current financial year. This document outlines PCC’s support for practices looking to head off immediate problems and become fit for the future.

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  • Get the inside track on integrating new workforce roles

    13 August 2019

    Primary care networks provide the opportunity (and funding) to add new roles to existing general practice teams – to alleviate workload, to plug capacity gaps, to improve the services on offer to patients, or often a combination of the three. How well do you understand new roles like the clinical pharmacist, the social-prescribing link worker, the physiotherapist and the physician associate? This half-day event in London on 25 September gives you the opportunity to find out from four professionals already working in general practice what they contribute. They will also share their experiences about how well prepared they felt for their new roles and the challenges they faced, providing valuable tips on how to get it right for practice managers and PCN leads considering expanding their teams. The event also provides an update and opportunities to ask questions about funding for new roles, as well as an action-planning session to apply the lessons from the case studies to your local situation.

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