All the latest intelligence about primary care networks in under 10 minutes

2 May 2019

PCC has published the first in a series of podcasts to help primary care providers and commissioners keep up to speed with the rapidly evolving story of primary care networks. As the name suggests, our PCN briefcasts are mainly designed to save you time. None of them will be longer than 10 minutes and we’ll pick off one topic at a time, starting with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the role of the clinical director, care of PCC adviser Mike Fry. For more information about support we can provide aspiring clinical directors – and other aspects of PCN development, contact or check out the Services section of the PCC website. Thanks for listening.

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Asset-based community development to support your primary care network

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PCN briefcast: your questions answered

20 June 2019

In our latest podcast, former federation business manager and practice manager Tracy Green answers some of the basic questions you and your team may have. What is a PCN and why, what will it mean for you and your patients? What happens if it doesn’t work? There’s also an email address if we haven’t answered your questions or if our podcast raises new ones. Submit your questions and the PCC team will answer them in future podcasts.

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Why we don’t want to be here again: the state of integrated care – Insights from the ICS Summit

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“We’ve been here before,” said one of the speakers at the ICS Summit in London in May. It was a warning note sounded throughout the day, and as Stephen Dorrell reminded delegates in his closing remarks, the policy ambition for integrated care is almost as old as the NHS itself.

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Get to grips with the Policy and Guidance Manual - updated 2019

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In May NHS England updated the Policy and Guidance Manual. The manual for medical contracting provides essential information for contracting teams responsible for GMS, PMS and APMS, the primary medical services contracts. This workshop from PCC on 29 August in London and 11 September in Manchester provides a useful refresher and update for existing teams and a timely introduction to the subject for new commissioning staff, helping commissioners to avoid the risk of time-consuming and costly challenges to primary medical contracts. Staying abreast of the latest guidance is vital in light of the 2019/20 GP contract and introduction of the network contract DES.

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Getting to grips with project management

13 June 2019

This one-day course on 3 July 2019 in Leeds, 17 September 2019 in London, 30 January in Reading and 11 March in Warrington will review the basic principles covered in our introductory course before going on to consider examples of learning from real projects and discuss different scenarios. Participants will have the opportunity to apply learning from the session to projects they have managed in the past and consider what they might have done differently. Participants are expected to have some knowledge and experience of project management, though it is not necessary to have completed the level one course.

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