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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Plan for winter now

PCC and the NHS Confederation PCN Network welcomed primary care network (PCN) leaders to an event where speakers shared their practical experience and learning about what helped last winter to aid planning for this coming winter.

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Preparing for winter 2021/22

One of the hottest days of the year saw people from practices, primary care networks (PCNs) and federations gather to start to think creatively about managing their winter pressures in this session hosted by PCC and the NHS Confederation PCN Network.

The session introduced delegates to the free PCC winter planning tool and its accompanying how-to video. The tool provides an easy-to-use framework for planning and is based on the NHS GAP Analysis tool which can be easily adapted to your requirements and help you get ahead with your planning and thinking for winter 2021.

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Practice sustainability and preparedness

As the pressure of day to day work intensifies some of the planning that practices need to do is best supported by an extra helping hand. PCC can help, in particular we can help with preparing practices for CQC inspections as well as supporting practices who are rated Inadequate and developing action plans.

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Population health management

PCC can support you in population Health management through co-developing care models based on population health needs, risk stratification and data acquisition. Through establishing a process which allows timely data analysis, you will be better positioned to determine the basis on which to tailor health optimisation for populations across prevention, diagnosis, and disease treatment.

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Service redesign and evaluation

As new ways of working develop, with an emphasis on population health management, the development of seamless services, offering personalised care across organisations and looking at ways the whole system can support pressures one part may be facing; the capacity and capability to take these areas forward is getting more and more stretched.

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An extra pair of hands

PCC is helping practices, primary care networks (PCNs) and CCGs with the must dos that are not getting done with the current pressure on staff. Areas we are increasingly being asked to support includes contract reviews, estate strategic planning, supporting practices to review and update business continuity plans and embed new patient pathways.

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Supporting your development

Helping individuals and organisations to achieve their potential and deliver the best care to their communities is at the heart of what we do.

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Practical support for practices

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way that general practice works, but the finance, workforce, estates and other issues that are fundamental to general practice and were concerns before the pandemic have not gone away.

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Three ways to motivate your team through uncertainty

This slideshare shows our top tips to motivate your team through uncertainty.

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Three ways to be resilient through change

This slideshare shows our top tips for to be resilient through change.

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A day in the life of Helen Simmonds

Hello, my name is Helen Simmonds and I am one of the advisers working at PCC. I have been with the organisation in my current role for nearly four years, having previously worked as an associate providing specialist support since 2008.

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Collaboration

Collaboration has been one of the buzz words in Primary Care for several years now. The NHS Long Term Plan mentions it over 20 times and the current white paper “Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all”, over 50 times. But what does it really mean in practice and how does it actually happen? Collaborating across a number of organisations brings with it numerous challenges including dealing with different values, organisational ‘jargon’, and system drivers along with the ever complex issue of forming positive new relationships. All organisations involved need to work together to establish new forms of governance for their relationships which focus both on the collective responsibilities and behaviours required to make their collaborative arrangements a success.

In the following case study, we get to find out how one place based system rapidly put these new collaborative relationships to good effect to improve the way in which care was delivered across several organisations at a time when all our attention was focussed on dealing with a worldwide pandemic.

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Listen, gain trust and co-operate

Collaboration is one of the words we are hearing most often as integrated care systems are starting to take shape. But how can you help this to happen? One of the themes in the Long Term Plan and strengthened by the White Paper is that organisations should work across the system – not just considering their own targets or financial position, but those of the system. To start with – who to collaborate with? Although the White Paper outlines who should be on the boards, for practical collaboration to improve the health and care of the population there is a need to collaborate at the right level, with the right partners for the changes being considered. This won’t always be the same group of people and organisations. For some areas this may be at ICS level, but more likely to be at place or PCN level. Involving health partners (Trusts, PCNs, GP practices, community services including other primary care services) local authorities, patients, voluntary, community and social enterprise partners and community groups will be important depending on the area being considered. To successfully collaborate and keep the relevant partners on board win-win solutions will be needed – but how to get there?

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