Understanding procurement and how to prepare a bid are critical to the future of primary care providers – such as general medical and dental practices. More and more services are subject to a procurement process, rather than being simply directly awarded by commissioners. These include opportunities to run GP practices (APMS contracts), or for dental practices, additional services such as orthodontic services. This event on 8 October in York and 13 November in London explains why understanding procurement matters, how the process works and how to prepare a bid. It includes practical advice, clear explanations of terminology and other technicalities, a walk through typical procurement documentation and questions, pitfalls to avoid when preparing bids, tips on good practice, and advice on how to choose which bids to go for.
This half-day event on 2 October in London and 15 October in Manchester examines the legal issues surrounding the expansion of workforce being driven by primary care networks. Addressing the workforce crisis in primary care was one of the main motives behind the creation of primary care networks. GP practices working together in networks should be enabled to employ a wider range of clinical staff able to address the workload issues caused by rising demand and a shortage of GPs. The network contract provides incentives for workforce expansion with full or partial funding for some new roles available to practices.
Practices that are fighting to keep their head above water are understandably reluctant to identify themselves as “struggling”. In our latest podcast, former practice business manager and GP federation manager Tracy Green explains why resilience is not just about averting an imminent crisis but about building the resources to cope with whatever the future holds.
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.
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.