Simon Stevens has made it clear that there is “no plan B” if the NHS does not embrace integrated care systems (ICS). With the first ICS areas already announced, one of their major challenges is to understand and engage fully with primary care.
NHS England’s operations director has warned that the five year investment plan announced in June must avoid the mistakes made when the health service last experienced
a significant and sustained funding rise.
Practices hoping to have control over their future development need to plan for it, participants in a recent PCC webinar heard.
Outlining the key steps in developing a practice business plan, PCC primary care adviser Claire Deare emphasised that the process need not be a time-consuming, dry exercise carried out by a select few locked away in an office.
What do a Wolverhampton trust, a London GP federation and a Gateshead practice group have in common? The answer is determination not to wait for permission to improve local services. Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust now runs practices covering a population of 140,000, City & Hackney GP Confederation has helped local practices turn around their business and clinical outcomes, and a practice business manager in Gateshead argues that ambitious practices should set their sights beyond reducing GP workload. Find out more in the July issue of Commissioning Excellence.
PCC provided the support to one of the practices featured in a CQC report about ten practices which recovered from challenged positions and improved their CQC ratings. The case study appears in the CQC publication Driving Improvement in General Practice, which appeared earlier this month. We can support you to achieve similar results with your challenged practices, starting with a diagnostic baseline assessment undertaken by an experienced assessor and going on to develop an improvement plan and bespoke hands-on training and support. This can include project management support for mergers, mentoring of newly appointed practice managers, training for reception teams and GP-led reviews of access and workload. Find out more about PCC support for general practice at firstname.lastname@example.org.