General practices are starting to work more collaboratively. However, it is important to take time to agree the purpose, vision and function of the collaboration rather than moving directly to forming a company. There are several forms a company could take including limited by guarantee or by shares. Similar options are also available in the form of a community interest company. More recently super-partnerships have developed and this form has some advantages. Depending on function you may not need a formal company or partnership arrangement.
There are the tricky issues to consider – including VAT, staff employment and sharing, ensuring income is pensionable and CQC registration. This event on 31 January in Manchester, 13 February in London and 7 March in Birmingham will consider the alternatives, busting myths about different models and helping you to understand the best way for your practice to enter into a collaborative form.
Over 100,000 people use NHS Networks, the free-to-use virtual networking and document sharing platform. These training webinars on 18 January and 22 February arm you with the knowledge and skills to join them. The training comprises two webinars each lasting an hour.
The service provides space to share documents and set up online discussions with colleagues. Set up a network to keep in touch with other people in your organisation or with other organisations and colleagues in your area.
The webinars provide training and tips on how to create and run a successful network, including how to set up forums, share documents and manage network membership. Part one covers the basics of setting up and running a network including how to create a forum and publish documents. Part two covers some of the more advanced features and allows plenty of time for questions. The sessions are a month apart, giving you time to practice what you learned in session one and bring any queries to session two. For more information and to book, visit the PCC events website.
Hannah Black’s patients seem to have made a good start in her role as clinical pharmacist at two Leeds practices but she’s already thinking about the next steps. This case study looks at the role of clinical pharmacists in improving care and reducing workload in general practice.
After a stint on the national stage leading NHS Clinical Commissioners, GP Steve Kell embraced the Primary Care Home (PCH) model to tackle the challenges facing practices and partners in Worksop, north Nottinghamshire.