Natural leaders in a crisis

Much is written about leading in the time of Covid-19 and much is being achieved in these unprecedented times. Primary care leaders may feel they don’t have all the relevant experience because this has quite simply never happened before.

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Leaders must look after themselves first …

For an already stressed workforce the changes made to adapt to the pandemic has meant that not only have staff had to adapt to rapid change in their work routine, but leaders have been confronted with herculean challenges to keep the show on the road. Now we are trying to get back to normal and catch up on the backlog of work those in leadership roles are becoming stressed and overwhelmed by the work pressures.

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A team approach to change

The NHS has just suffered probably the biggest shock in its history caused by the Coronavirus global pandemic and is still struggling to recover from its devastating impact. What is most needed by the NHS now is a period of recovery and essential development followed by consolidation and stability.

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Virtually medical: a new normal for training

With Covid-19 compelling many of us to work differently, PCC has moved to virtual platforms and the rollout of the revised and reworked suite of medical contracting sessions is no exception. The pre-lockdown staple events and workshops based on the NHS England Policy and Guidance Manual (PGM) have been revamped into blocks of three virtual sessions.

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Procurement update

PCC have updated their procurement SlideShare to incorporate the latest guidance released by NHS England and NHS Improvement.  The SlideShare highlights the actions for contract holders relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Work together to increase resilience

During the COVID-19 pandemic the resilience of the NHS was extremely tested, as the push to return services towards normal continues, and the inevitable ask to catch up on what wasn’t done during the height of the pandemic intensifies, it is more important than ever to ensure that your team has a resilience buffer. At what point does the team become so overstretched that it cannot maintain a reasonable equilibrium between capacity and demand; and is the answer to work together to avoid crises. This article looks at team resilience and avoiding a downward spiral.

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PMS and APMS contractual changes

PCC have developed a short Slideshare summarising the changes to the PMS and APMS contracts.

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Crunch time for patient involvement

There are new challenges for primary care, which could really do with patient input. Mike Etkind, chair of a PPG and founding member of his PCN’s patient group, recognises the size of the task clinical directors have managed over the last few months but identifies two particular issues where patients have a necessary and valuable contribution, that need to be addressed now – the 2020 vaccination programme and primary care from a distance- total triage, remote consultations, and the use of telemedicine.

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Helping organisations to navigate the tendering process

PCC has developed a wealth of experience in working with provider organisations such as GP surgeries and dental practices to better understand procurement processes and to help them submit competitive bids and through this experience has developed a good insight into some of the key areas where greater understanding and support is required, reports procurement specialist Alan Turrell.

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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.

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Worcester away day

PCC’s Polly Goodwin recently worked with Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust before lockdown to run a creative and fun team building activity for over 100 staff. The day was intended to encourage finance and supply chain staff to work differently.

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Evolution of the PCN and Federation Models

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were seeing an increasing number of our clients looking to explore corporate models for their PCN. As we begin to refocus on the PCN landscape, we have seen this interest continue to grow.

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Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination Systems (EPaCCs)

In 2008 the UK End of Life Care Strategy recommended that everyone approaching the end of life should have an opportunity to discuss their preferences for care. Personalised care planning and record sharing are foundations for the six ambitions for palliative and end of life care.

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PCC Insight August 2020

August PCC Insight is now available. Articles include considering corporate models for PCNs, top tips for running virtual meetings, we share learning from supporting clients to respond to tenders, the role of community pharmacy working with PCNs and different structures for commercial and tax efficiency that may be applicable to general practices. 

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