• CCGs to be rated for patient and public participation

    21 June 2017

    NHS England has developed a new indicator of patient and public participation as part of its statutory annual assessment of CCG performance. The red/amber/green rating will be based on CCG annual reports (2016/17) and other publicly available information. The rating scheme follows publication in April of revised statutory guidance for CCGs and NHS England commissioners on patient and public participation in commissioning health and care. The ratings are expected to be published this summer.

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  • What do you think of accountable care systems?

    20 June 2017

    Simon Stevens has announced the first accountable care systems. Is this a significant development or just the latest in an endless series of rebranding exercises for integrated care initiatives? Vote on the NHS Networks poll at www.networks.nhs.uk

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  • Network leadership e-learning

    20 June 2017

    Leaders today operate in a dynamic environment. Technological advancements and increased competition from globalisation have changed forever the way we work in organisations. In this new world of projects and teams, the top-down, command-and-control leadership approach is no longer effective; to be a successful leader you need a new set of skills and techniques.

    Network leadership is not just a new way to lead, but also a new way of thinking. It is non-linear, dynamic, and very much relationship-based. It is a leadership style that shows you how you can improve others' performance and bring together other people's contributions to the benefit of your organisation. This e-learning course helps you and your organisation adapt and make the most of this new approach.

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  • Going with the grain: new models for general practice

    20 June 2017

    National policy poses a dilemma by insisting on the one hand that general practice is key to the development of new care models but recognising on the other that parts of general practice are badly in need of support. Evolutionary models of change represented by the primary care home (PCH) and other kinds of GP hub promise to resolve the dilemma, creating building blocks of the necessary scale to work in larger systems such as multi-speciality community provider (MCP) or accountable care systems.

    These issues will be explored in the next of PCC’s Going With the Grain events, where we have assembled an excellent line-up of speakers and facilitators to share their experiences and case studies. They include Dr Tracey Vell, a GP and chief executive of Manchester LMC; Dr Gill Pickavance, chair of an eight-practice partnership in Wolverhampton that was spurred into action by a looming GP recruitment and retention crisis in an area with high levels of deprivation and ill-health; and Dr Steve Kell, who has led one of the original 15 primary care home test sites.

    Book now for the events on 3 October in Birmingham and 4 October in London.

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  • Keep up to date with important policy and contract news

    20 June 2017

    Our new webinar programme provides commissioners with opportunities to join briefings by our experts on matters of policy and practice. Recent sessions have covered patient list management, premises improvement grants and abatements and changes to the GP contract. With the need to understand new contractual requirements such as identification and monitoring of patients with frailty as well as implementation of changes relating to identifying overseas visitors, PCC is working with NHS England on how to communicate any changes effectively. Keep watching our events calendar for dates of new webinars. Access to PCC webinars and our adviser helpdesk, which answers specific questions on how to apply regulations and guidance in specific cases, is available exclusively to our subscribers. To find out more about the services available and how to subscribe, email enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk with the subject line “Subscriptions”.

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