‘PCC News’ articles

Natural leaders in a crisis

Much is written about leading in the time of Covid-19 and much is being achieved in these unprecedented times. Primary care leaders may feel they don’t have all the relevant experience because this has quite simply never happened before.

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Crunch time for patient involvement

There are new challenges for primary care, which could really do with patient input. Mike Etkind, chair of a PPG and founding member of his PCN’s patient group, recognises the size of the task clinical directors have managed over the last few months but identifies two particular issues where patients have a necessary and valuable contribution, that need to be addressed now – the 2020 vaccination programme and primary care from a distance- total triage, remote consultations, and the use of telemedicine.

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Helping organisations to navigate the tendering process

PCC has developed a wealth of experience in working with provider organisations such as GP surgeries and dental practices to better understand procurement processes and to help them submit competitive bids and through this experience has developed a good insight into some of the key areas where greater understanding and support is required, reports procurement specialist Alan Turrell.

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Insight from experts

As part of PCC’s annual contracts we offer our clients unlimited access to networking opportunities. At these sessions delegates are able to bring their questions to the group for discussion as well as raising issues and sharing good practice. The sessions are facilitated by our expert team. Feedback from clients has been that it’s great to have access to expert advice from our team as well as the opportunity to talk to people facing similar issues across the country.

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Worcester away day

PCC’s Polly Goodwin recently worked with Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust before lockdown to run a creative and fun team building activity for over 100 staff. The day was intended to encourage finance and supply chain staff to work differently.

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Evolution of the PCN and Federation Models

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were seeing an increasing number of our clients looking to explore corporate models for their PCN. As we begin to refocus on the PCN landscape, we have seen this interest continue to grow.

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Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination Systems (EPaCCs)

In 2008 the UK End of Life Care Strategy recommended that everyone approaching the end of life should have an opportunity to discuss their preferences for care. Personalised care planning and record sharing are foundations for the six ambitions for palliative and end of life care.

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PCC Insight August 2020

August PCC Insight is now available. Articles include considering corporate models for PCNs, top tips for running virtual meetings, we share learning from supporting clients to respond to tenders, the role of community pharmacy working with PCNs and different structures for commercial and tax efficiency that may be applicable to general practices. 

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Future-proofing health care

As the system begins to recover and refresh it may be time to take stock of our approach to commissioning, and return to the essentials of what commissioning means and how we can approach it in a way that provides the best value, responds to needs equitably, and is sustainable into the future.  This article by Dr Eugenia Cronin, a consultant in public health explores where to start.

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New partnership payment scheme

The New to Partnership Payment scheme is a commitment made by NHS England and NHS Improvement aimed at supporting registered health care professionals to become practice partners. The aim of the scheme is to increase the number of partners stabilising the partnership model and helping to increase clinicians’ participation levels so that primary care and the patients it serves have access to the workforce they need.

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Different structures for commercial and tax efficiency

Most professions structure their business using corporate structures such as limited companies and LLPs, both to limit liability of the business owners but also for tax reasons, utilising the lower tax rates available in companies and giving much greater scope to plan taxable income. NHS GP partners are one of the only professions left taxed at high rates on their earnings. This article from Moore Scarrott Healthcare, nationwide specialist medical accountants looks at the issues.

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Managing and leading in the 21st century

Pre-COVID only 5-8% of workers worked consistently from home. This figure has grown to 55% as workers are exercising “choice” of how they prefer to work most effectively. Leadership has demonstrated a paradigm shift.  Leaders and managers need to rapidly increase their capabilities and confidence to ensure there is clarity of purpose and priority and to motivate individuals to work collaboratively to deliver a shared goal. Communicating candidly and clearly will be pivotal.  This article by Colin Murray explores these changes.

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Community pharmacy integral to PCNs

This article by Julia Sutton-McGough reflects on previous work with community pharmacy leaders who described different experiences when trying to join PCN discussions.

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PCC contract holders benefit from networking opportunities

PCC annual contract holders have unlimited access to networking opportunities with colleagues working across the country.  This short presentation gives a flavour of discussions that have taken place recently at our primary care medical, primary care network, premises, dental and eye care sessions. These networking sessions, led by our expert advisers, are delivered via Microsoft Teams and give our contract holders an opportunity to raise and discuss their current issues and concerns, as well as sharing what’s working well.  For details of PCC annual contracts or other support contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk

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