• Eye health contracting essentials, level 1

    28 March 2017

    This workshop on 21 June in London provides essential information on how to commission primary eye health services and manage the GOS contracts effectively.

    The full-day event covers the contractual framework, contract management and assurance of General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) contracts, commissioning services from primary care providers, financial flows underpinning GOS contracts and the regulatory framework supporting the provision of GOS.

    It is for commissioners new to eye health and those who feel they would benefit from a refresher. It may also be of interest to anyone involved in the delivery of services and those looking forward to a future role in commissioning.

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  • Project management e-learning

    28 March 2017

    Good project management is essential for all projects, from a large-scale building project to developing a receptionist training programme. It helps make the most of resources available and can prevent expensive mistakes further down the line.

    This course gives an understanding of why project management is important and how simple principles and techniques support the effective delivery of change, whether to individual roles and functions or entire organisations. It addresses the different elements in developing a project, running it and assessing its success.

    The e-learning course looks at the range of elements in managing a project. It looks at how to involve the right people, organise the timescales for the project and communicate with others as the project is delivered.

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  • Extended subscription offer runs out this week

    28 March 2017

    This is the last week to take advantage of extended support from PCC for the price of an annual subscription, which has been held at the same rate as in 2016/17. A PCC subscription provides a flexible value-for-money way to access a range of advisory and development services to build expertise and confidence around primary care contracting, workforce, finance and governance, and to help commissioners to become more effective enablers of new care models centred on community provision. As well as a growing range of national events, subscribers are able to access local workshops, personal and team development and e-learning. PCC subscribers have exclusive and unlimited access to the PCC helpdesk, webinars and places on local networks. CCGs and NHS England teams that renew their subscriptions or sign up for the first time before 31 March benefit from 14 months’ support for the price of a 12-month subscription. For more information contact subscriptions@pcc-cic.org.uk

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  • Support for resilience

    23 March 2017

    Primary care leaders seeking to strengthen practices at risk from workforce, demand and other pressures can access funding from NHS England’s resilience programme, part of the General Practice Forward View. The resilience programme recognises that many practices are already struggling to cope with existing workload for a variety of reasons, and that others are looking for long-term solutions in the face of uncertainties about the supply of GPs, funding, running costs, premises and related issues.

    PCC is working with practices at all points on the spectrum from the most vulnerable to those interested in building resilience through collaboration, to provide the necessary infrastructure and scale to support effective sharing of resources, workforce development and expansion of services both to serve the care needs of local populations and to secure the future income practices need for long-term sustainability and growth. To find out how we are working with practices and primary care commissioners to stabilise vulnerable practices and to build resilient locality based hubs, contact PCC at VPSupport@pcc-cic.org.uk

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  • Risk management e-learning

    21 March 2017

    The media is full of stories involving serious problems that have suddenly struck particular enterprises. The cause may be external and beyond the organisation’s control (such as a natural disaster) or internal (such as a failure to comply with regulations, or issues with quality control).
    Whatever the cause, you are left to wonder why top management were not aware of the possibility so that they could take evasive action – or at least be in a position to react quickly and positively when the problem arose.

    The Risk Management e-learning course looks at the concept of risk management and how it has developed, the sort of infrastructure and processes it requires, and the impact it has on traditional control systems. It also looks at some of the problems which have made national and international news.

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