This year CQC has simplified the inspection regime so that the 96% of GP practices that are already rated good or outstanding get an annual phone call with site visits at up to five-year intervals. Even so, says former practice business manager Tracy Green, when the time comes for inspection or the annual call, most practice managers will continue to experience some anxiety about the outcome. This can be minimised by getting ready and staying ready, or in other words to make sure that the practice continually meets the standards of safety and good care that the inspection regime exists to enforce. In this week’s podcast Tracy explains what can be done to stay CQC-ready.
From next April networks will be reimbursed for new workforce roles through a weighted capitation payment. This is arguably fairer and should give networks more flexibility. What we don't know yet is how much funding will be available. Mike Simpson, PCC's finance and premises lead, argues that while the money is important, networks should not lose sight of the potential benefits of taking on new staff.
Sharing resources and collaborative working are part and parcel of primary care networks. NHS Networks is a free online service run by PCC which enables users to create their own virtual platform for sharing documents and discussion. Several PCNs have already started using the service since July. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Social prescribing link-workers were among the first of the funded additional roles practices have been encouraged to employ under the network contract, so clearly policymakers think they could make a difference. But what exactly is social prescribing and why should practices take it seriously? In our latest podcast, we hear from Polly Goodwin, a PCC adviser who helps practice teams to implement care navigation and put social prescribing to work.