• What commissioners can do to support PCNs

    20 February 2020

    CCGs will play a vital role in the success of PCNs. Not only are they responsible for decisions about funding for the support that PCNs need to develop, they can also help PCNs to develop the outward and upward links to the rest of the local health system and co-ordinate service integration plans at place level. In this week’s podcast we talk to Amanda Best head of primary care development for a group of CCGs in east Cheshire.

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  • Does the new GP contract do enough to keep the PCN show on the road?

    13 February 2020

    The authors of the new GP contract appear to have listened to the profession’s concerns and have made significant concessions in the contract due to take effect in April. In this week’s podcast we asked four GPs and a pharmacist clinical director for their first impressions. What's good, what's not so good and what still needs to happen to stabilise general practice and give PCNs space to develop?

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  • Managing the real issues of general ophthalmic services (GOS) contracting and commissioning

    13 February 2020

    Using layered scenarios which commissioners may face when managing GOS contracts, delegates will examine the contractual issues relating to that scenario and explore the options available to them in this workshop on 21 April in London and 28 May in Manchester. As well as exploring the issues delegates will practice formulating contractual notices and managing difficult conversations. This full-day course uses the regulations, current contracts and NHS England policy book for primary eye health services to understand what contractual actions can be taken.

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  • Dealing with difficult people and situations – courageous conversations

    13 February 2020

    This workshop looks at workplace challenges and fears, what causes stress in these difficult situations, and how to cope with them. The session on 27 February in London and 28 May in Manchester includes practical advice on managing situations and avoiding conflict.

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  • Getting to grips with project management

    13 February 2020

    This one-day course on 23 September in Birmingham, 29 October in Manchester and 17 November in London will review the basic principles covered in our introductory course before going on to consider examples of learning from real projects and discuss different scenarios. Participants will have the opportunity to apply learning from the session to projects they have managed in the past and consider what they might have done differently. Participants are expected to have some knowledge and experience of project management, though it is not necessary to have completed the level one course.

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