Making the most of appraisals

17 October 2019

Organisations that run staff appraisals because they think it's the right thing to do are missing the point. Appraisals can help staff to reach their full potential, but are too often regarded as a chore or a box-ticking exercise. As practices work in networks managers will need to use all the tools at their disposal to develop a happy, high-performing workforce. In this week’s podcast, Tracy Green explains what makes a good appraisal and what practices can do to make the most of them.

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An insider’s guide to PCN funding

21 November 2019

Dr Mark Sanford-Wood is one of the negotiating team responsible for the five-year contract settlement for general practice, which has PCNs at its heart. In this week’s podcast, Dr Sanford-Wood explains the thinking behind the deal and the implications for general practice.

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Resilience will be key to the success of primary care networks

21 November 2019

An important role for primary care networks is to enable the stabilisation of general practice. Unless stronger practices help struggling practices in their networks to improve, that PCNs will face an uphill battle. We define resilience simply as the attributes needed to keep going, including the ability to withstand changes of circumstance, eg the loss of a GP partner or an increase in list size as a result of a new residential development. A resilient practice is one able to offer high-quality care with healthy finances and a well-motivated workforce. In other words, resilience is not only for practices already in choppy waters but for those who can see them coming. Find out more about PCC’s support or contact us at enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk to find out how PCC can help your practices.

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An insider's guide to procurement for primary care providers

21 November 2019

Understanding procurement and how to prepare a bid are critical to the future of primary care providers – such as general medical and dental practices. More and more services are subject to a procurement process, rather than being simply directly awarded by commissioners. These include opportunities to run GP practices (APMS contracts), or for dental practices, additional services such as orthodontic services. This event on 17 March 2020 in London explains why understanding procurement matters, how the process works and how to prepare a bid. It includes practical advice, clear explanations of terminology and other technicalities, a walk through typical procurement documentation and questions, pitfalls to avoid when preparing bids, tips on good practice, and advice on how to choose which bids to go for.

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Developing leaders capable of delivering PCNs

21 November 2019

The Confident Leader programme is designed for those with a leadership role in primary care networks and emerging integrated care systems. PCC’s programme brings together groups of like-minded individuals in an environment to learn together and share experiences, supported by experienced executive coaches who provide context and with expert input on a number of relevant areas to the delegates. This programme aims to give the knowledge and confidence to become a leader – or a better leader, equipping leaders with the knowledge and personal resources to push on to the next stage of the development and transformation journey. The programme modules support the development of leaders in each of the domains of the primary care networks (PCN) maturity matrix. Contact us to find out more on enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk

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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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