Ben Scott is an advanced nurse practitioner and one of 20 nurses to take on the role of clinical director, but he's not much interested in emphasising professional differences. Rather he believes that CDs of whatever background just need to get on with forming local networks. His advice in this week’s podcast is to start small and to pick a project that could make a real difference to practice workload - the big picture can wait. Find out more about PCN leadership development and support from PCC.
Social prescribing link workers play a pivotal role in connecting PCNs with the existing groups and services that support their patients’ wellbeing at community level. For social prescribing to work well, a collaborative approach to working with partners and communities is needed, including further community development within primary care and outside. This event on 30 April 2020 in Manchester will help you to use learning from asset-based community development (ABCD) approaches to identify how PCNs can tap into the skills, strengths and energy in your local communities. Through this approach PCNs can enable local people to become active partners in their own health and wellbeing, supporting each other in your neighbourhood.
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.
Teams have changed. Organisations are working in new ways, with teams that no longer sit next to each other, teams that work from home and teams that cross organisational boundaries. Some of this is liberating, some of it challenging. Collaborative working sounds and is attractive but may be harder than it looks. Many are already members of dispersed teams, project teams, virtual teams or multi-disciplinary teams. This workshop on 31 March in Manchester and 12 August in Birmingham provides a pragmatic, intuitive and innovative approach to helping individuals and teams to work effectively, productively and with high engagement towards a shared goal.
Using real contracting examples, this full-day session on 13 May in Leeds and 11 June in London takes delegates through typical scenarios you are likely to face as commissioners. Using the regulations, current contract and NHS England policy book for primary dental services, delegates will work through a number of real local examples and scenarios to understand what approaches they can take in relations to primary care dental contracts.