PCC has published the first in a series of podcasts to help primary care providers and commissioners keep up to speed with the rapidly evolving story of primary care networks. As the name suggests, our PCN briefcasts are mainly designed to save you time. None of them will be longer than 10 minutes and we’ll pick off one topic at a time, starting with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the role of the clinical director, care of PCC adviser Mike Fry. For more information about support we can provide aspiring clinical directors – and other aspects of PCN development, contact email@example.com or check out the Services section of the PCC website. Thanks for listening.
“It is difficult to think of a time when primary care was more central to NHS policy,” says Professor David Colin-Thomé in the latest issue of PCC Insight. Professor Colin-Thomé is an enthusiastic advocate for primary care networks (PCNs), but warns that other good policy ideas have come and gone without achieving their aims. He warns that a technocratic approach to integrated care will miss the point: “For me, the only purpose of integrated care should be to benefit the individual patient or service user,” he says.
Practice managers have always been “local leaders” by default, but the advent of primary care networks (PCNs) will be a stiffer test of leadership ability requiring leaders by design. They will need to become better at enabling relationships, facilitating meetings, developing network plans, keeping people engaged, staying up to date and managing change. The Confident Practice Manager programme is designed with exactly these challenges in mind. It is aimed at those hoping to become tomorrow’s leaders in practice management and those who want to take their experience – and confidence – to the next level.
CQC practice inspections have changed. PCC is running a half-day workshop in Leeds on 19 June to update practices on the changes and help them to prepare for a good inspection. The workshop, for practice managers, business managers and GPs will cover what to expect and how to get the most from the opening presentation. The sessions, led by experienced practice managers, should reduce the time and cost of preparation and improve your practice’s prospects for the right outcome. Delegates will be provided with a toolkit to enable them to triangulate the regulations, key lines of enquiry and supporting evidence. We are considering other dates and locations so practices and CCGs interested in running local events are invited to register expressions of interest at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to include your contact details and nearest large town to assist us in planning.
Practice mergers can result in economies of scale, better use of clinical workforce, financial sustainability and better services to patients. PCC has supported a number of successful mergers, from initial exploratory meetings to detailed discussion around how decisions will be taken and what processes will be adopted by the merged organisation. We ensure that clear lines of communication are in place with partners, staff, patients and commissioners; that the financial picture is clear; that premises issues have been worked through; and that the right partnership agreement is in place.