• Contracting for new care models

    24 May 2017

    Creative use of the contracting process is a critical factor in making new models of care happen. Without bold, robust contracting the theoretical benefits of more efficient, better integrated and higher quality care systems will not be realised.

    Building on the success of previous innovative contracting events, PCC and Capsticks have again teamed up to share current good practice with commissioners and providers. The event uses case studies to allow delegates to explore how learning from other parts of the country can be reapplied to their local aspirations.

    This event on 20 September in London and 15 November in North West is relevant for all organisations and staff involved in shaping new models of care and local solutions, particularly those involved in commissioning and contracting.

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  • PCC launches new e-learning course for presentation skills

    22 May 2017

    Whatever your role, or the organisation you work in, effective presentation skills are an important part of your professional portfolio and will help to boost your career.

    For many people, the idea of delivering a presentation brings up images of standing in front of an audience and summoning up enough courage to speak. Being able to project an air of confidence and hold the room are, of course, key skills for presenters but there's something equally important that needs to take place behind the scenes.

    During this e-learning course you will explore how verbal, visual and non-verbal communication skills contribute to effective presentations while considering your audience, goals and the wider context. You'll also discover how to manage nerves and stay on message in some of the most challenging situations.

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  • Dental and eye health networks

    22 May 2017

    PCC's half day (morning) eye health networks in London on 16 August and Manchester on 17 August and half day (afternoon) dental networks in London on 16 August and Manchester on 17 August allow those working in eye health and dental commissioning and contracting to work through real issues, debate queries and stay up to date with the latest policy developments and local solutions. The meetings are facilitated by PCC's experts who are on hand to answer questions and resolve issues of policy and practice.

    Places at the half day eye health and dental regional networks are available only to NHS England teams and CCGs that take out a subscription to PCC. The subscription also includes places at national events, local workshops, webinars, e-learning and access to our adviser helpdesk. Subscribers can book using the links above. For non- subscribers to find out more please email enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk with “networks” in the subject line.

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  • The Confident Commissioner

    22 May 2017

    Commissioning has changed – with the move towards accountable care systems, the challenges to secure integrated services, the advent of multi-speciality community providers and primary and acute care systems the skills needed by the commissioner have shifted.

    PCC’s confident commissioner learning sets guide commissioners to explore areas such as population health, using contracts more innovatively and being the most effective negotiators and influencers. The programme allows participants to lead the discussion on areas that matter to them, guided by expert input. Every session has input from an expert topic lead, providing up to date, in depth knowledge to support delegates to become the commissioners of the future.

    The programme starting on 10 August in Birmingham consists of eight half-day sessions over a period of nine months, allowing time between sessions for reflection and further study; a closed network is set up for participants to share the latest in commissioning developments and resources throughout the programme. Subscribing organisations can access this programme as part of their event package.

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  • Developing sustainable primary care

    17 May 2017

    PCC helps practices to become more resilient with a range of support including project management of mergers, mentoring and development of practice managers, signposting and reception staff training and premises strategy and relocations advice. We also work with groups of practices to develop collaborative models and facilitation to encourage a clear vision and viable business plan.

    Much of this support has been funded by NHS England or CCGs under the General Practice Resilience Programme, part of the GP Forward View.

    If you would like to discuss how PCC can support your practices, contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk with resilience in the subject line.

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