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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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  • 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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