Medical services

Local workshops and one to one support

The medical services team can deliver a number of workshops for your organisation. If you have specific training needs you would like to discuss please contact either your local adviser or drop us a line at

One to one support or mentoring for new team members can also be provided upon request.

Training and support for commissioners

PCC’s medical team are launching their next round of training courses for commissioners. With the current environment we have looked at our training courses and have converted these to virtual delivery. Face to face training days will recommence when it is safe to do so but in the meantime we will be providing our support to commissioners virtually.

These training courses are available through our national events or we could provide training as a workshop to your team. If interested in a local workshop please contact your adviser or contact us via

Medical commissioning – an introduction to the medical contract – a course useful to those new in the role or those looking for a refresh
Medical commissioning – an introduction to contract management – a course useful to those new in the role or those looking for a refresh
Medical commissioning – a deep dive into contractual changes – a course for both new and established contract managers
Medical commissioning – a deep dive into when things go wrong – a course for both new and established contract managers

More details on each of these courses including dates and booking links can be found here or via our events page.

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.

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