• Primary medical services contracts - effective decision making

    1 June 2017

    More CCGs are taking on delegated responsibility for the commissioning and management of primary medical services. If not handled correctly any changes agreed in relation to primary medical contracts can be time consuming and costly.

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  • Helping general practice get fitter and stay stronger

    1 June 2017

    Primary care leaders seeking to strengthen practices at risk from workforce, demand and other pressures can access funding from NHS England’s resilience programme, part of the General Practice Forward View. The GP resilience programme recognises that many practices are already struggling to cope with existing workload for a variety of reasons, and that others are looking for long-term solutions in the face of uncertainties about the supply of GPs, funding, running costs, premises and related issues.

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  • Wanted: adviser with knowledge of primary care dental contracts

    30 May 2017

    PCC is seeking an adviser to join the team supporting the national dental contract reform programme and its other work programmes. This is a part-time permanent post with much of the work based in and around London with extensive travel. The pro rata salary is in the region of £41,621 to £57,228 per annum depending on experience.

    The role involves providing support to the team working on the dental contract reforms and liaison with the prototype sites. The role will also include supporting commissioners to effectively secure services and enable provider transformation to support primary care working at scale.

    Good knowledge of NHS dentistry and primary care policy are essential, as are good communication skills and the ability to work closely with dentists, NHS England commissioners and other stakeholder organisations.

    The job description and person specification can be found here. To apply please email your CV and covering letter to wendie.groves@pcc.nhs.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 7 June 2017. Interviews will be held in Birmingham on Tuesday 13 June 2017.

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  • Contracting for new care models

    24 May 2017

    Creative use of the contracting process is a critical factor in making new models of care happen. Without bold, robust contracting the theoretical benefits of more efficient, better integrated and higher quality care systems will not be realised.

    Building on the success of previous innovative contracting events, PCC and Capsticks have again teamed up to share current good practice with commissioners and providers. The event uses case studies to allow delegates to explore how learning from other parts of the country can be reapplied to their local aspirations.

    This event on 20 September in London and 15 November in North West is relevant for all organisations and staff involved in shaping new models of care and local solutions, particularly those involved in commissioning and contracting.

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  • PCC launches new e-learning course for presentation skills

    22 May 2017

    Whatever your role, or the organisation you work in, effective presentation skills are an important part of your professional portfolio and will help to boost your career.

    For many people, the idea of delivering a presentation brings up images of standing in front of an audience and summoning up enough courage to speak. Being able to project an air of confidence and hold the room are, of course, key skills for presenters but there's something equally important that needs to take place behind the scenes.

    During this e-learning course you will explore how verbal, visual and non-verbal communication skills contribute to effective presentations while considering your audience, goals and the wider context. You'll also discover how to manage nerves and stay on message in some of the most challenging situations.

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