• 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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  • Asset-based community development to support your PCN

    13 November 2019

    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.

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  • The secrets of successful change agents

    13 November 2019

    Seventy percent of change programmes fail. Successful change leaders are able to adapt to changing circumstances and to bring their teams with them. This requires sound judgement, decision-making skills in an uncertain environment, personal resilience and an ability to understand and support others at different stages of change. This one-day workshop on 10 March in Manchester, 8 April in Birmingham and 23 April in London is for managers undergoing and supporting staff through change programmes. The content explores the merits of different approaches to implementing change and an understanding of the role and skills of an effective change agent. The workshop allows delegates to consider their own impact and emotions, and equips them the tools needed to facilitate and implement change.

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  • PCNs get practices talking again

    7 November 2019

    In the second part of our conversation with St Albans GP Dr Mike Smith, we get a clinical director's perspective on the opportunities presented by primary care networks. Mike argues that while it's undoubtedly a clever policy and one that appears to have a broad base of support among practices, PCNs still leave some big questions unanswered.

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  • Social prescribing: getting connected with patients and the community

    7 November 2019

    This full day workshop on 28 January 2020 in Manchester is for newly appointed social prescribing link workers in primary care networks (PCNs). The day will help you to understand more about making connections with your patients and your community to put in place social prescribing pathways. The workshop will be a mix of theory and activities to help you to identify those patients who would most benefit from social prescribing. You will learn about the importance of mapping and getting connected to your community and how to build relationships with the voluntary and community sector in your patch.

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