PCC have updated their procurement SlideShare to incorporate the latest guidance released by NHS England and NHS Improvement.Read more
Navigating through the maze of procurement regulations has long been a challenge for both commissioners and providers. The pressures on procurement and supply chains posed by the Covid crisis, which has, in some cases, attracted unfavourable publicity, together with the end of the Brexit transition period on 31st December 2020, and proposals for NHS legislative changes with greater emphasis on integration rather than competition, have all combined to ensure that some significant changes to procurement regulations resulting in more flexibility and reduced bureaucracy were inevitable and now there is some light at the end of the tunnel reports procurement specialist Alan Turrell.Read more
Service change and redesign is continually happening, as we start the journey towards the new normal the challenges include how best to manage those who have been waiting for care, or not presenting when they needed care. The tsunami of demand that will result will drive the need to change services. PCC can support the changes that you may need to make – whether its redesign in general practice, to keep the best of the changes that happened during the pandemic, or to work at system level to redesign patient pathways. We have experts in project management and change skills. Contact email@example.com to discuss how we can support.
With the increased flexibility offered by the GP Contract Update of February 2020, primary care networks (PCNs) can now recruit two additional roles to the social prescribing team – a care coordinator and a health and wellbeing coach, in addition to another nine roles in 2021. It also allows PCNs to determine for themselves how many of each of the available allied health professional (AHP) roles they recruit to meet the needs of their patient community, within the overall financial ceiling of the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS). With a ‘use it or lose it’ approach to funding, there has never been a better time to plan ahead to ensure that the social prescribing team staffing and structure meets the needs of the PCN going forward.Read more
With the key aims of providing a preventive focussed approach to dental care, making use of the wide and varied skill set within the dental team and using evidenced approach to dental care the Welsh Government, led by Chief Dental Officer in Wales, Colette Bridgman, commenced a contract reform programme in September 2017. The reform programme would change the focus of delivery of care from being based on activity to being based on risk and need with a focus on prevention and patient centred care and improving access to care. These aims will lead to improving the overall health and wellbeing of Welsh citizens.Read more
What is 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.Read more
General practice is seeing some of the most challenging times, not least with the Covid pandemic, but also just delivering day to day care with what appears to be a tsunami of demand. What can often get lost in this scenario is how people respond to one another and inadvertently create difficulties within the practice and with colleagues. This article introduces the BECKS model to help you begin to unpick the dynamics that are behind some of the more frustrating behaviours you see in your organisation.Read more
I support the overarching aim of this White Paper well described in its title. I quote from the White Paper; ‘This paper sets out the legislative proposals for a Health and Care Bill. It aims to build on the incredible collaborations we have seen through Covid-19 and shape a system that is better able to serve people in a fast-changing world. At its heart, however, this Bill is about backing our health and care system and everyone who works in it. Our proposals build on the NHS’s own – those in the Long Term Plan.Read more
The 80-page Integrated Care System (ICS) ‘engagement’ document resulted in the White Paper with no real surprises. For some time, the drive has been a move back towards regional control with local implementation; some may argue the Strategic Health Authority wheel has come back round.Read more
According to a recent report from the RCGP, developing the community health function of general practice is one of three features of the COVID-19 response that has the potential to transform general practice radically and permanently. And primary care networks (PCNs) are NHS England and NHS Improvement’s chosen vehicle to drive engagement between primary care and communities, supported by the network directed enhanced services (DES) contract.Read more
The pressure is on primary care networks (PCNs) to make the best use of the additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS) funding. This is not an easy task given the pressures of the Covid-19 vaccination programme and the day to day workload.Read more
Back in 2015, the most recent revision to the NHS pension scheme took place, with the majority of GPs being obliged to become members of a revised scheme.Read more