• Essential training for commissioners of primary care dental services

    22 January 2019

    When working with limited resources, understanding common contracting scenarios before they occur helps commissioners to understand their options, the actions they need to undertake and the potential impact on the wider commissioning cycle.

    PCC has three workshops coming up at two levels suitable for those who would like more experience commissioning dental services and to increase their knowledge and skills.

    Level two on 8 May in London builds on this knowledge and takes delegates through local or common scenarios they are likely to face as commissioners. Delegates are invited to consider contractual actions in light of the regulations, the contract and the NHS England policy book. They are also asked to consider the impact of contracting decisions on the wider commissioning cycle.

    Level three on 19 September in Leeds and 21 November 2019 in London works through two complex and layered scenarios, understanding the contractual issues and the options available. Delegates also have the opportunity to practice formulating contractual notices and potentially difficult conversations.

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  • Managing change

    22 January 2019

    All NHS organisations continue to face change. The newly published NHS long- term plan has emphasised the need to accelerate the development of integrated care systems, changing the way services are commissioned and delivered in future. Those organisations that prepare for change will be in a position not only to survive it but to get the best possible outcomes for their populations.

    Change happens in everything we do. Some changes work while others can hit barriers that could have been avoided.

    This session on 10 July in London is designed to equip you to become a capable agent of change, increase your resilience and show you how to improve your chances of getting the best possible outcomes. The course will help you understand how you and other members of your team respond to change. It will also illustrate how the process of change can be a positive and empowering experience. Our trainers use a variety of learning methods including open discussion, practical application of established tools and techniques and group exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring their examples of recent or imminent change to review on the day.

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  • Do you know where your primary care contracts are?

    14 January 2019

    Most CCGs are now delegated, which means they have inherited responsibility for primary medical care contracts from NHS England. Unfortunately they haven’t all inherited an up-to-date schedule of contracts or complete paperwork for every provider.

    Your CCG may be paying for enhanced services that are not underpinned by a valid contract. In extreme cases, services may be out of contract before the commissioner is aware of a problem. The advent of primary care networks with their own contracting arrangements makes it more important than ever to take stock of the existing portfolio.

    PCC can undertake a comprehensive review to help you establish a schedule of core and supplementary contracts, ensure that all the right documentation is in place, and create a pipeline for procurement for contracts that are due to expire. We can also support you in drawing up migration plans for the transition to network contracts.

    To find out more about support for contract reviews, email us at enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk

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  • Integrated care systems - practical steps for primary care

    14 January 2019

    The NHS Long Term Plan puts primary care at the heart of plans for integrated care systems (ICS). Primary care networks will be the delivery vehicles for community health services that bring together general practice working at scale with other local care organisations.

    Primary care networks will be underpinned by a new network contract and funding settlement that guarantees £2.8bn in additional income for general practice over the next five years, but how will these entities evolve and how do they fit within the broader context of ICS?

    This workshop on 23 April in Manchester and 15 May in Birmingham brings together commissioners, GP practices and others involved in shaping emerging integrated care systems.

    We will hear from a leading lawyer about how existing primary care contracts, new GP network contracts and alliance contracts can be used to enable integrated services.

    A speaker from NHS Dudley CCG will share learning from their journey towards integrated care, underlining the importance of making primary care full partners in the change process.

    Dr Mike Smith, a GP partner with experience of leading a successful GP federation, will give a frank account of what working at scale really means for primary care.

    The focus of the workshop will be on the practical steps delegates need to take now, considering the obstacles they are likely to face, the opportunities presented by new ways of working and the critical success factors for evolving integrated care services.

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  • Do you know your GMS from your ICS?

    8 January 2019

    Integration has become one of the most important words in health policy. The NHS long term plan makes it clear that closer working between NHS organisations, social care and the voluntary sector remains a top priority.

    As the first point of contact for most patients with a range of services, primary care is at the heart of all integration plans, but integrating with something you don’t understand is difficult and risky.

    Although contracting is a dry and technical subject, it is essential to have a basic understanding of how contracts work, what they allow you to do and what they may prevent you from doing. What difference will the new “GP network” contract make to commissioners as they strive to hit the government’s target for 100% coverage of ICS within two years?

    This workshop on 20 March in London, 2 April in Manchester and 25 April in Birmingham is a beginners’ guide to the subject but would suit anyone who needs to understand how primary medical contracts can enable or impede change. It explains the basic concepts, breaks down the jargon and acronyms and explains where primary medical services are now and where they are heading.

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