• Making a success of practice mergers

    27 March 2018

    Practice mergers can result in economies of scale, better use of clinical workforce, financial sustainability and better services to patients. PCC has supported a number of successful mergers, starting by working with the practices concerned to identify their reasons for wanting to work together and helping them to find common ground where differences exist. We can also advise on the contracting options available and crucially, ensure that they obtain agreement in principle from commissioners before making advanced plans.

    We facilitate initial exploratory meetings and later detailed discussion around how decisions will be taken and what processes will be adopted by the merged organisation. We ensure that clear lines of communication are in place with partners, staff, patients and commissioners; that the financial picture is clear; that premises issues have been worked through; and that the right partnership agreement is in place.

    To find out more please contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk.

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  • How to write the winning bid: responding to tenders and proposals

    20 March 2018

    Putting the strengths of your organisation across is never more important than when you are bidding to win new business. Yet in their proposals and responses to tenders, many health and care providers fail to do themselves justice and waste time and effort on unsuccessful bids.

    This workshop will guide you through the process of writing a successful bid, from understanding what the commissioner is looking for to tips on how to make a compelling case for your organisation. You will also learn how to avoid some of the common pitfalls in the procurement process.

    The workshop is led by a consultant with extensive experience of evaluating responses in NHS procurements.

    The event on 15 May in Manchester and 12 June in Birmingham is aimed at anyone with a need to respond to competitive tenders to provide NHS services, including groups of GP practices hoping to win contracts for new services, improve their knowledge of procurement processes and their understanding of the requirements of commissioners.

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  • Secure your support before the year-end

    20 March 2018

    CCGs face another challenging year with the continuing need for efficiency vying with the demands of the transformation agenda. Commissioners need to make well informed decisions and support primary care to develop the resilience it needs to survive in the short term as well the ambition to collaborate and work with other parts of the system to meet national policy demands for integrated care systems. PCC provides expertise on contracting, commissioning and premises, as well as a growing range of personal and team development training to help commissioners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to manage an increasingly complex environment. To secure another year’s access to our events, training, workshops and national adviser team, contact us now to talk about an annual subscription. Existing and new subscribers who pay before 31 March will get 14 months support for the price of 12 months. To find out more, contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk

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  • Webinar: effective business planning for practices

    15 March 2018

    There are more demands than ever on general practice, and it’s important that you have a clear plan to remain profitable and sustainable. A good plan will help you to assess the threats and opportunities ahead, formulate your options, and put you in control of your own destiny.

    A webinar for PCC’s subscribing practices will guide GPs and practice managers through a step by step process to develop an effective business plan. It may also be of interest to practices that already have a plan in need of a review.

    Delegates to an hour-long webinar on 1 May and 23 May will hear from an experienced practice manager how to keep the planning process simple, logical and effective. PCC subscribers have access to events, workshops, e-learning and webinars. To find out more, please email enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk.

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  • E-learning: developing your professional career

    14 March 2018

    Are you managing your career? Most professionals ensure that they update their professional knowledge, but are you gathering the right experience and developing in the direction you want?

    This e-learning course will enable you to take responsibility for your career. You will think through what makes you marketable right now and how you could develop your future career path. It also explores some specific career challenges affecting those taking career breaks, developing global careers and some particular issues affecting women.

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