The Confident Commissioner

22 May 2017

Commissioning has changed – with the move towards accountable care systems, the challenges to secure integrated services, the advent of multi-speciality community providers and primary and acute care systems the skills needed by the commissioner have shifted.   

PCC’s confident commissioner learning sets guide commissioners to explore areas such as population health, using contracts more innovatively and being the most effective negotiators and influencers.  The programme allows participants to lead the discussion on areas that matter to them, guided by expert input.  Every session has input from an expert topic lead, providing up to date, in depth knowledge to support delegates to become the commissioners of the future.

The programme starting on 10 August in Birmingham consists of eight half-day sessions over a period of nine months, allowing time between sessions for reflection and further study; a closed network is set up for participants to share the latest in commissioning developments and resources throughout the programme.  Subscribing organisations can access this programme as part of their event package.

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Innovation e-learning

22 August 2017

Innovation is all about generating and implementing new ideas and breaking the mould to deliver success. This course shows you why innovation is important, how to create and select great ideas and how to realise them in your own organisation.

You will appreciate how creativity can grow from crisis, consider alternative business models and try out some practical tools for idea generation and risk management. The innovation e-learning course will teach you how to contribute effective new ideas to a range of situations within your organisation.

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Should the NHS tackle variation before it gets more cash?

22 August 2017

Tim Briggs, the eminent doctor conducting a review of efficiency, said recently that the NHS should get no more taxpayers' money until it shows it can reduce clinical variation - the gap between the best and worst surgical outcomes. Is he right? Vote on the NHS Networks poll at www.networks.nhs.uk

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Support to develop dental managed clinical networks

22 August 2017

In line with the commissioning guides published by NHS England, local offices should be ensuring that dental managed clinical networks (MCNs) are being established and functioning to implement the direction outlined in each of the guides and improve patient care pathways at a local level. PCC has a programme to support the development of networks. To date we have worked with 11 MCNs to help them agree their baseline position and develop action plans for moving forward.

For further information please contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk with “dental MCN” in the subject line.

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Premises webinars

22 August 2017

Contract managers and contract holders need to understand the rules that underpin financial support for premises from which primary care medical services are delivered.

Understanding the impact of rent reviews and abatements is vitally important if contract holders are to manage their estate and make good business decisions in line with the wider primary care and integrated services strategies.

PCC is hosting webinars covering the process of rent reviews for owner occupiers (notional rent) and lease holders, outlining the process and some of the issues that may arise, and separate sessions on improvement grant process and abatement rules including abatement for third party occupiers and for non GMS core services. Both webinars, hosted by PCC expert Bill May, are on 19 September and 26 September.

Webinars are only open to NHS England local offices and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) with a current PCC subscription.

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Reduce the pain of resolving contract disputes

22 August 2017

A CCG that found itself in a protracted dispute with one of its medical practices contacted PCC to act as mediator. Our experts were able to help both sides reach a satisfactory resolution of the dispute without resorting to formal arbitration, avoiding a costly legal bill and potential damage to the organisations’ relationship. The CCG said: “At the beginning of the process we were highly sceptical of being able to reach a formal agreement without going to arbitration. The ability of the mediating team to wade through a confused and often changing list of issues and reduce it to a set of manageable, clear and specific points that could be worked through logically, allowed us to make a reasonable offer to the practice that was ultimately accepted.” For further information about support to avoid contract disputes or to resolve them when they arise, contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk with “contract disputes” in the subject line.

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