GP contract regulation changes
As part of their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, NHS England and NHS Improvement has amended the GMS and PMS regulations and the APMS directions to free up capacity in general practice. See this presentation for a brief summary.
High Weald PCN: why long service may be a clinical director’s greatest asset
In many parts of the country it appears that younger GPs are often those that have stepped up to the role of clinical director, perhaps because they come with a fuller charge of energy and transformational zeal.
While it may be true that older GPs may feel that with a few years left until retirement, taking on the leadership of a primary care network (PCN) is a job too far, there are some exceptions. David Roche, a GP for 30 years and a board member of his CCG until next April, is clinical director of High Weald PCN. While he acknowledges that most of his fellow clinical directors are drawn from the ranks of his younger colleagues, he also argues that old hands like himself bring some advantages to the role. Read more
Additional roles reimbursement scheme – new workforce, new challenges
If primary care networks fail, the long-term plan will also fail. To succeed, PCNs need to get the workforce right. That means more staff in a wider variety of roles.
NHS England has recognised this by developing a five-year directed enhanced service (DES) payment scheme for PCNs, which are being encouraged to expand their workforce beyond the traditional practice-based roles.
During a webinar, Amy Millson, a legal director in employment at Hill Dickinson, explained: “The DES funding will allow practices to share clinicians such as pharmacists, physiotherapists, physician associates, paramedics and social prescribers. Read more
Why clinical pharmacists are a natural fit for PCNs
NHS England has, for several years, put its money where its mouth is in promoting and supporting the role of clinical pharmacists in primary care teams.
It’s no surprise that the profession is seen as a key plank in the development of primary care networks (PCNs).
That is why Bedfordshire based clinical pharmacist Sally-Jane Hamilton was an obvious choice to speak at a PCC event in London in November that will explore how PCNs can make best use of the additional roles funded by the network DES. Read more
When your pharmacy can give you a headache: a prescription for dispensing practices
As with any change, the drive to deliver primary care at scale carries with it the risk of unintended consequences. For a dispensing practice looking to merge or to move to shiny new premises, the loss of a valuable income stream from dispensing can be one.
PCC primary care adviser Charlotte Goodson cautions that the regulations in this area are particularly opaque and complex and dispensing practices need to take stock when planning changes. Read more.