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  • And they’re off: South West clinical directors’ network gets underway

    14 November 2019

    More than a hundred delegates, most of them clinical directors or practice business managers turned out to the inaugural meeting of the South West LMCs clinical directors’ network at Taunton Racecourse this week. Dr Nigel Watson, chief executive of Wessex LMCs, who chaired the event said: “GPs don’t like living with uncertainty so what they’re trying to do here is to second-guess where we’re trying to get to. One of the messages I’ve been trying to give them is that [PCNs] are for them to develop… Clinical directors need to be quite demanding about what they need to do that transformation and development.” Other speakers at the event, which was facilitated by PCC, included Dr Mark Stanford-Wood, a clinical director in the region and deputy chair of the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA. Dr Stanford-Wood, a member of the negotiating team for the five-year PCN contract, answered the numerous questions that arose about PCN funding, in particular about the funding rules for additional roles where the majority of the new investment is to be made. Listen to Dr Watson talking about the issues raised by the event in this week’s podcast.

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  • Involving communities in health and wellbeing - a practical approach

    13 November 2019

    This workshop on 19 February 2020 in London for PCN involvement leads, link workers and practice managers reconsiders the role of patient participation groups in PCNs and other involvement options for local people to support health and wellbeing in communities. It will encourage you to think about how to work differently with people and communities, extend the reach of your social prescribing link worker, and increase understanding about working with people as partners in their own health.

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  • PCNs get practices talking again

    7 November 2019

    In the second part of our conversation with St Albans GP Dr Mike Smith, we get a clinical director's perspective on the opportunities presented by primary care networks. Mike argues that while it's undoubtedly a clever policy and one that appears to have a broad base of support among practices, PCNs still leave some big questions unanswered.

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