Population Health Management

Population health management (PHM) is a is a way to improve the current and future health and well-being of people within and across a defined local, regional and national population while reducing health inequalities.

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Are your primary care contracts up to date?

Commissioning responsibilities for primary care are set to change with integrated care systems taking on the responsibility to commission primary care, starting with primary medical care. Now is the time for current commissioners of primary care services to take stock and check that the contracts are up to date, latest variations issued and that details of the provider are still current.

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Primary care network directed enhanced service

Primary Care Networks are being given some much needed support and a deferred set of deliverables for 2021-22. This slideshare provides a brief summary of the recent guidance.

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The future must be primary care

Well the NHS has a new CEO in Amanda Pritchard to replace Simon Stevens whose legacy not only gave us a strong management of the COVID -19 crisis for the NHS, but more visionary and hopefully long lasting primary care networks (PCNs) and integrated care systems (ICS). A much overdue initiative to bring together the health service, the care services and the public health service to focus on prevention, cure, care and the health of the population with an emphasis on primary care.

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Service redesign and evaluation

As integrated care becomes a reality the capacity to help with the population health management approach to identify areas to improve, the work to redesign pathways, and ensure robust evaluation, starts to put pressure on those running health care services.  PCC’s team includes clinicians experienced in health economics, who have a track record of improving services and redesigning and evaluating care pathways.  For details on how we can help enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk.

Plan your future estate

Estate planning is rapidly moving up the to do list for primary care networks (PCNs) and CCGs.  Not only is there an urgent need for PCNs to find space to embed additional staff recruited via the new additional role recruitment scheme roles (ARRS) but as integrated case systems develop there is going to be more pressure on what can be managed in primary and community settings to reduce pressure on hospitals and bring care closer to patients. 

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Design for the future

Practices have seen many changes in the last year, but with demand increasing and the pressure unrelenting, sustainability and resilience is essential. Whether that means working with other practices, across the primary care network, utilising hub working or embedding effective care navigation within the practice to get patients where they need to be correctly the first time.

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The Best Practice show

CloserStill Media, organisers of The Best Practice Show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 13-14 October 2021 are delighted to announce that registration is now live.

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Helping practices to recover

Sometimes practices have to work through challenging periods, whether that is a poor CQC report, a resilience or sustainability issue. 

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Expert advice for our subscribers

The PCC helpdesks across the four main areas of primary care, including premises have supported subscribing organisations with advice for many years. With increasingly more complex and novel scenarios being presented. 

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Amendment to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) 2015 and the impact on GP practice buildings

Prior to recent land use class reforms, GP practices fell under Use Class D1 – ‘community uses’. These were typically protected by local authorities and it was notoriously hard to obtain planning permission for a change of land use from D1 into residential accommodation (Use Class C3), typically requiring a marketing period of up to 2 years giving priority to other D1 uses (for example, nurseries).

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Moatfield Surgery – a more personalised care approach – our complex care team – creating a win:win

For a number of years, we’ve observed growing challenges familiar to everyone in primary care. The rapidly growing number of people needing support for their long term physical and mental conditions, their personal circumstances and the impact on their conditions and lives, the challenge of meeting demand which in part is a numbers game when it comes to the logistics of ‘delivery of care’ but is more meaningfully about the values of a team, how a team is constructed – the breadth, the quality and the dynamics, how it evolves a number of approaches – quality improvement, learning process, confidence. It is definitely also about how we use our existing and emerging technology to its fullest.

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E-learning for all

In the February edition of PCC Insight, we announced new courses for our annual contract clients and we are pleased to update you that we have now made our courses available for all customers to purchase.

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Learn from reflection

The expectation on the health service has never been higher with the challenges and pressure unrelenting. Integrated care systems (ICSs) are developing and working at place and primary care network level is crucial to enable a focus on communities and patients. Waiting lists are at their highest levels and system wide, or place wide approaches will be most effective to support those that would benefit from out of hospital redesign. At the same time vaccinations are being delivered at a scale never seen before in the NHS.

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