Clinical directors are responsible for planning and implementing the strategy for their primary care network (PCN). This means developing not just the inward facing capabilities required of all leaders, but a wider skillset to work across organisations, develop relationships and build collaboration. A two-day intensive programme from PCC, aligned with the latest NHS England guidance on PCN leadership development, promises to equip clinical directors with a better understanding of their role, knowledge of the leadership principles and tools available to them, and the confidence to put them to work immediately in their PCN. The programme will also provide them with the opportunity to form a network with peers to share experience and provide mutual support from the outset. Contact us for more details firstname.lastname@example.org or join the programme starting 25 March 2020 in London. Local programmes can be provided upon request.
The national bodies overseeing primary care networks have identified eight domains of support for PCNs within the maturity matrix. One of these covers the development of leadership skills for PCNs, but it is significant that support for the development of senior clinical leadership has its own separate domain. This recognises not only the vital role that clinical directors will play in the successful implementation of PCNs, but also the particular qualities needed for the role.
In May NHS England updated the Policy and Guidance Manual. The manual for medical contracting provides essential information for contracting teams responsible for GMS, PMS and APMS, the primary medical services contracts. This workshop from PCC on 29 August in London and 11 September in Manchester provides a useful refresher and update for existing teams and a timely introduction to the subject for new commissioning staff, helping commissioners to avoid the risk of time-consuming and costly challenges to primary medical contracts. Staying abreast of the latest guidance is vital in light of the 2019/20 GP contract and introduction of the network contract DES.
This one-day course on 30 January in Reading and 11 March in Warrington 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.
The NHS Long Term Plan envisages that all GP practices will be members of primary care networks (PCN) with all patients in England being offered services through a PCN from 1 July 2019. Networks formed purely on the basis of geography with no regard to the quality of practice relationships, shared interests and common business goals, and the freedoms and constraints of primary care contracts are unlikely to succeed. PCC has more than a decade of working with commissioners and providers to develop their knowledge and skills, embed leadership, improve systems and processes and deliver better primary care services. We are working to ensure that PCNs are built on the strongest possible foundations. Contact us at email@example.com to find out more about how we can support your primary care improvement and PCN strategies.