Practices have compelling reasons to work together. They need the collective strength to gain an equal voice in CCGs, STPs and other organisations responsible for local integrated care systems. They have strong business reasons to seek efficiencies and new sources of income. They have a pressing need to develop workforce capacity and skills. Practices can also expect increasing external pressure for change, as NHS England’s latest planning guidance has made it clear that all practices are expected to work in groupings covering populations of at least 30,000-50,000. PCC now offers a comprehensive range of support to enable practices to start to work together effectively, or where federations and other grouping are already up and running, help them to take their next steps with confidence. Our support includes personal and team training, events, local workshops and business planning. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Confident Practice Manager programme is designed for those who aspire to develop their leadership role in practice management. The programme brings together like-minded individuals in a safe and stimulating environment to learn together and share experiences, supported by experienced executive coaches who provide context and with expert input on a number of areas relevant to participants.
This programme of eight half-day sessions over ten months aims to give practice managers knowledge and confidence to become more effective and higher achieving. It equips them with the resources to push on to the next stage of leadership and development of general practice.
Specialist procurement lawyers from healthcare law firm, Hempsons, will be providing training on the latest developments in procurement law. The session on 12 April in Birmingham, 26 April in London and 8 May in Manchester is aimed at staff responsible for commissioning and/or decision making and will cover the latest procurement law issues, in particular the implications of the “light touch regime”. It will also cover procurement law challenges and sharing of Hempsons’ experiences. Following the session you will have a greater understanding of the legal principles that apply when you make commissioning decisions in this ever-changing area of law. You will also have considered the key areas of risk that may arise when making your commissioning decisions.
Conflicts of interest pose a significant risk to CCGs and emerging integrated care systems (ICS), which could leave commissioners exposed to reputational damage or result in decisions being open to challenge.
NHS England has published updated guidance including self-assessment resources for CCGs, but boards may wish to go further to assure themselves that they are doing everything possible to protect their organisations. Managing conflicts is a discipline requiring judgement, insight and the ability to evaluate risk. Talking through scenarios with colleagues is the best way to develop these capabilities.
PCC delivers local workshops where members of CCG governing bodies work together to discuss potential issues. Boards that take part are able to identify potential concerns, understand how to approach issues and increase their confidence in local governance arrangements when taking decisions.
Find out more about our conflict of interest workshops, which can be delivered on your premises. To discuss your requirements with one of our advisers email email@example.com.
In its latest collection of news and case studies, PCC looks at the importance of business planning in general practice, the secrets of successful relationships in GP collaborations and the benefits of adding clinical pharmacists to the general practice workforce. A longer version of the case study on clinical pharmacists appears on the PCC website.