• What does the latest planning guidance mean for primary care?

    8 February 2018

    NHS England and NHS Improvement published new operational planning guidance last week. It comes with a few nuggets of news and a predictable focus on headline grabbing issues around A&E and hospital finances, but what does it mean for primary care? Read PCC’s analysis.

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  • Planning guidance: refreshingly familiar

    8 February 2018

    There were a few headlines to extract from this month’s “refreshed” planning guidance for the NHS but few real surprises. The document underlines the messages from the last major guidance document, Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View, but it also makes a few important concessions to recent “crises” – the serious and ongoing business of winter pressures and the less serious but still vexing matter of product names for NHS initiatives.

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  • A short guide to practice business plans

    8 February 2018

    Many GP practices have a thriving business, but day to day pressures can prevent partners and practice managers taking a step back to ensure it stays healthy.

    In the current environment with growing demand and increasing financial, workload and workforce pressures, even those whose business are in good shape need a plan to keep them that way. Meanwhile those that are struggling, often through no fault of their own, need to take stock and work out what to do next.

    Our practice development lead Claire Deare, an experienced practice manager who manages PCC’s GP resilience programme, has developed a step by step guide to developing a business plan. It is based on three simple principles.

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  • Secrets of making a happy marriage in general practice

    30 January 2018

    Many divorced couples could doubtless attest to the old adage, ‘marry in haste, repent at leisure’.

    While many GP practices might feel that policy drivers and resource pressures create an environment similar to that of the shotgun weddings of old, effective and sustainable collaboration with other practices is based on trust rather than a panic response to current pressures.

    That’s a message that Ross Clark, a partner with law firm Hempsons, will emphasise at a series of PCC events on practice collaboration starting in Manchester on Wednesday.

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  • NHS supports development of health innovations

    10 January 2018

    The NHS has selected 138 entrepreneurs to design and deliver new technological solutions and innovations in healthcare. This includes the appointment of five healthcare scientists, tackling conditions including sickle cell disease and allergic reactions.

    The clinical entrepreneurs programme, run by NHS England, supports NHS workers to work with leading health and technology industry experts to develop their own innovative ideas. Within the first year, clinical entrepreneurs recruited to the programme have already launched 50 start-ups, leading to the creation of 344 jobs.

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