• Development programme helps Welsh clusters and health boards to see eye to eye

    8 February 2019

    Working more collaboratively and a renewed ability to see colleagues’ perspectives are among the benefits Welsh clinicians and cluster managers gained from completing PCC’s Confident Leader programme recently.

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  • What the long-term plan says about integrated care and commissioning

    8 February 2019

    The plan states that integrated care systems (ICS) will cover all England within two years.

    This has profound implications for the existing commissioning system and amounts to de facto structural reform.

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  • Long-term plan must allow time for natural allies to come together

    8 February 2019

    The NHS Long Term Plan’s focus on primary care networks comes as no surprise, but the pace of development is, to say the least, ambitious. National bodies expect all GP practices to be members of a network by July this year, which suggests that initially they will be networks in name only.

    Primary care networks have two functions in the vision set out by the plan. Practically they provide the local delivery units that will form ”building blocks” of integrated care systems (ICS). But they also provide the mechanism by which to realise the vision “for the first time since the NHS was set up in 1948 – of fully integrated community-based health care.”

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  • When your pharmacy can give you a headache: a prescription for dispensing practices

    7 February 2019

    As with any change, the drive to deliver primary care at scale carries with it the risk of unintended consequences.

    For a dispensing practice looking to merge or to move to shiny new premises, the loss of a valuable income stream from dispensing can be one.

    PCC primary care adviser Charlotte Goodson cautions that the regulations in this area are particularly opaque and complex and dispensing practices need to take stock when planning changes.

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  • What primary care plans lose at their peril

    31 January 2019

    Two recent publications highlight the importance of general medical practice and its ongoing sustainability within community based care. A view from David Colin-Thomé.

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