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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.

Barbara Dingley
Director of operations, PCC

We are running sessions that cover medical, dental and eye care contracts, PCNs and premises. The discussions have been varied and we regularly share information about areas discussed.

During the premises session commissioners wanted to talk about what they needed to take into account when they receive requests for the approval of additional GMS space. Our experts were able to make delegates aware that NHSE/I was about to issue a PCN clinical director advice notice that would be supported by supplementary guidance connected to this area. We advised that when commissioners are considering applications for additional GMS space in GP practices they need to take into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the increased use of technology in practices, and the reduction in footfall within the practice, elements of which could be retained at the end of the crisis. The future impact of the digitalisation of medical records will also free up significant space. All these factors need to be taken into account to help practices understand whether there is still a requirement for additional space, or not, and should be considered by commissioners.

On a regular basis we are asked about dental incorporation and increasingly about disincorporation and there still seems to be some confusion about this area which was raised during a recent dental session. As a result of the discussion we agreed to produce and share a simple flowchart that will show the process to follow with delegates who joined the session.

If you are interested in our networking opportunities available through our annual contracts please contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk