Pressure on commissioners and providers to deliver integrated care systems is growing, but the same obstacles stand in the way of progress. GP practices and other primary care organisations need to know what’s coming, and other parts of the system need to understand that there can be no ICS without the willing participation of primary care. PCC has published a sneak preview of events in the summer and autumn where we plan to bring together practice managers, GPs, commissioners and others with an interest in ICS to discuss examples from around the country of areas successfully working within the constraints of existing legislation and policy to transform how services are planned and provided. Read the article.
Better joined up services can only work with the full engagement of primary care and particularly general practice.
Success will be determined by the quality of relationships and the vision of local leaders not by national policy or contractual mechanisms. But commissioners and practices hoping to drive change know that willingness to collaborate is not sufficient on its own.
This event on 25 September in Manchester will help delegates to understand the options available for those wishing to work together and the implications of the emerging business and contractual models. Using examples of existing collaborations and perspectives on the contracting models available (including the integrated care provider contract under consultation) speakers will identify the critical success factors, including the opportunities and threats created by the national policy push to integrated care systems.
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.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May and many practices are still unprepared. Recognising the scale and complexity of the task, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has made it clear that this is the “start of a journey” not a final deadline, but failure to start the journey could put your business at risk with the prospect of heavy fines for non-compliance. PCC has already delivered sessions for practices in Manchester explaining the legal requirements of GDPR and helping them to develop practical implementation plans. These sessions have been supported by CCGs under the umbrella of resilience funding. For more information email email@example.com