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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This workshop on 19 February 2020 in London for PCN involvement leads, link workers and practice managers reconsiders the role of patient participation groups in PCNs and other involvement options for local people to support health and wellbeing in communities. It will encourage you to think about how to work differently with people and communities, extend the reach of your social prescribing link worker, and increase understanding about working with people as partners in their own health.