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  • We need a more caring vision not stronger specs

    16 January 2020

    We talked to Londonwide LMC chief Michelle Drage a week ago about the draft service specifications for PCNs. Discussions have moved on since then but the fundamental issues remain the same. GPs and their colleagues already know what needs to be done. Now they need the space and support to get on with it, she argues. Listen to the interview with Michelle in this week’s podcast.

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  • Building capability: primary care premises and estates foundations

    16 January 2020

    Premises policy is a vital component of high quality primary care, and is set to become more important as premises are developed to support the policy ambitions of primary care networks and integrated care. PCC has developed a premises training event on 25 March 2020 in Manchester, 31 March 2020 in Birmingham and , 2 April 2020 in London to demystify the rules and principles of the premises costs directions and to provide clarity and confidence in managing applications. It will focus on the premises costs directions in general and will cover specific elements in detail, including improvement grants, abatements, the rent review process and sources of funding.

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  • A clinical director’s critique of the network DES guidance

    9 January 2020

    While some of us were winding down over the festive period, Dr Hussain Gandhi was picking over the 40 or so pages of NHS England and NHS Improvement guidance that sets out what PCNs will need to start delivering from April under the network DES. In this week’s podcast he gives a personal account of what's wrong with the document and what's right with it.

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