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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 and the physician associate? This half-day event in London on 25 September gives you the opportunity to find out from three 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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  • Podcast: Working with community pharmacy

    1 August 2019

    Community pharmacies are in a similar position to general practice. Core income is shrinking and pharmacies need to consider new ways to make money. Under a new contracting deal, a national scheme to offer consultations is due to start from October. Patients could be referred to pharmacies by GPs, the NHS 111 service and possibly also by urgent care centres and emergency departments. As a result, medicines use reviews currently carried out by community pharmacies will be done instead by practice based pharmacists under the new name of “structured medication reviews”, but pharmacies will be able to offer a broader range of clinical services, such as routine monitoring of patients on repeat medication, which could potentially reduce general practice workload. In our latest podcast, PCC’s community pharmacy lead Charlotte Goodson, explains why PCNs have every reason to be interested in the changes.

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