Our bi-monthly newsletter has changed its name from Commissioning Excellence to PCC Insight. The change, nine years after the first issue of the newsletter appeared, reflects the changing environment and the widening readership.
Helen Northall, chief executive of PCC, said: “We thought it was time for a title with broader appeal. You can’t have excellent commissioning without excellent provision and in the era of integrated care, it doesn’t make sense to have a single focal point. Increasingly the newsletter has covered topics of direct interest to providers, including sustainability, mergers, workforce and primary care networks, as well as the policy issues likely to affect them. It is not only about commissioning.”
The first issue of PCC Insight includes an update on primary care premises policy, articles arguing for changes to the payment system, a case study illustrating the value of the patient activation measure in managing long term conditions in general practice and the confessions of an STP leader. Read it here and don’t forget to sign up if you would like PCC Insight emailed to you in future.
With a plethora of online medical consultation services and health apps, there’s no doubt that the digital disruptors have arrived in healthcare.
And by earmarking £45million for online consultations in the General Practice Forward View, NHS England signalled that it’s ready to embrace the digital revolution with open arms.
The challenge is how to achieve this Brave New World without disrupting existing services in a bad way or sending GP practices and other NHS providers over a financial cliff.
That’s why PCC is holding three half day workshops during the autumn that are aimed at helping commissioners struggling with the contractual and financial implications of some of the hi-tech wizardry now available to GPs and other health professionals – and to patients. The events are in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
CCG boards need to understand how primary care contracts can help them to achieve – or prevent them from achieving – their strategic aims.
Primary care commissioning committees, the decision-making bodies for the exercise of delegated powers, may include individuals with no knowledge or direct experience of contracting. Yet CCGs with full delegated responsibility for primary medical care contracts are responsible for reviewing existing contractual arrangements and managing failing and underperforming contracts.
PCC runs workshops that encourage CCGs to use local scenarios to bring to life and discuss the potential complexities of contracting and the factors commissioners need to take into account.
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More general practice groups are coming together in networks (primary care networks (PCN) covering the 30,000 to 50,000 population size often regarded as the entry level point for primary care at scale, with the aim to find collaborative ways of working and collective solutions to local problems.
PCC works with primary care networks and - where in place - federation boards to develop the vision and plans needed by local networks, focusing on early-stage collaboration including reaching consensus, identifying roles, and creating engagement; and moving on to support the leadership development and business planning to make networks successful and sustainable. For those federations and networks that have been in existence for some time, PCC supports reviewing the business strategy to ensure the collaboration is fit for the future. For more information about how we can support contact firstname.lastname@example.org.