• Ignore the plan at your own risk, experts warn

    4 February 2019

    Strategy documents are a regular occurrence but it would be a mistake for primary care to write off the NHS Long Term Plan. According to the latest issue of PCC Insight, the plan finally makes good on NHS England’s pledge to reverse the decline of general practice with new funding and significant changes to the GP contract, but it also comes with conditions. Central to the success of the strategy is the ability of primary care to organise in networks and for the wider health economy to form integrated care systems – both in short order. We hear from a former director of primary care, a leading lawyer and PCC’s chief executive Helen Northall about the implications of the plan and its prospects. We also hear from a procurement expert about the skills primary care networks will need to acquire to grow and thrive as more of the “new” money is routed through networks, and from PCC adviser Charlotte Goodson about the contracting issues faced by dispensing practices.

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  • Top tips for growing a thriving primary care network

    31 January 2019

    The NHS Long Term Plan sets a demanding short-term deadline for general practices to get together in primary care networks. With only 30% of practices currently in networks and even fewer meeting the definition set out in the NHS plan, there is little realistic prospect of countrywide coverage by the end of June. Few would disagree with the ambition to get practices organised in bigger groups to support sustainability and better enable participation in future integrated care systems. The big question is how they should go about it. This article distils PCC’s experience of working with existing practice networks into ten tips for success.

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  • Bid writing level two: A practical approach

    31 January 2019

    This workshop on 9 April in Manchester and 7 May in Birmingham allows attendees to respond to a tender using a realistic scenario developed by the Crown Commercial Service.

    Participants work together to review all documentation and have opportunities to ask clarification questions and to switch roles and play the part of evaluators.

    This is an ideal follow up to the introductory course How to write the winning bid: Responding to tenders and proposals.

    It will also suit those with experience of responding to tenders who want to improve their skills.

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  • Primary care networks must be nurtured not imposed

    31 January 2019

    Emerging networks will need access to a range of support and expertise tailored to their local circumstances. The need to develop existing primary care organisations will be more important than ever, both to facilitate effective collaboration and to ensure that all partners in primary care networks bring something to the party.

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  • Primary care networks must be nurtured not imposed

    30 January 2019

    According to the NHS Long Term Plan all GP practices will be members of primary care networks (PCN) with every practice expected to be networked from the end of June 2019.

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