• GPs seek support for collaborative working

    14 December 2016

    Adequate support must be given to GP practices seeking to work collaboratively, the BMA has warned – following the latest findings of the GP survey.

    Half of all doctors responding to the BMA’s GP survey backed the independent contractor model coupled with resources for collaboration in the form of federations and networks, as the prime arrangement for individual practices.

    PCC provides a range of support for help practices reach consensus on how to work together and take the first practical steps to manage workload, share resources and plan the mix of services that will secure future sustainability. Our services included targeted support for individual practices and facilitation of local workshops to get collaboration underway or move it to the next stage. Contact mark.beesley@pcc.nhs.uk or Phillip.stimpson@pcc.nhs.uk for further details.

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  • NHS England Whistleblowing Programme

    13 December 2016

    One of the major recommendations of the Francis review which reported in 2015 was for whistleblowing guidance as part of a drive towards a more open and honest culture in the NHS. Earlier this year, NHS England and NHS Improvement published a national policy, but acknowledged the need for separate guidance for primary care. PCC supported the development of the primary care guidance, the main points of which are captured in this briefing and summary.

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  • Developing your team

    8 December 2016

    Practices are under pressure to work as effective teams, whether to strengthen their own organisation or to work with others. Bringing together a team poses challenges for new provider organisations or collaborative ventures being set up to address the challenges currently faced by primary care.

    PCC can support organisations explore ways of working for the future. We bring a unique combination of understanding of the policy issues and dynamics of the healthcare environment with experience and expertise in team development.

    Alongside team learning we can facilitate progress in current work areas: such as developing a clear vision and action plan for future services or how the team works with others in the locality to support the sustainability of practices and services. For further information contact sarah.turtle@pcc.nhs.uk

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  • Helping LMCs to shape the future of local healthcare

    1 December 2016

    Local medical committees (LMCs) are important players in realising the ambitions of the GP Forward View and the development of GP services at scale that will be essential for the development of new care models. As sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) unfold the LMC can also ensure that the voice of general practice is strongly represented in the ongoing debate about service priorities and system planning. Last month PCC ran a workshop for members of Cheshire LMC, which provided an overview of the new contracting models that will form the basis for the accountable care organisations of the future. Delegates heard from Robert McGough of Capsticks on legal aspects and governance issues and from Mike Smith, GP and CEO of Haverstock Healthcare on practical aspects of developing new care models including how to involve general practice in STPs. One delegate said: “I now have a better understanding of ACOs and some of the huge challenges involved in setting one up.” To find out how PCC can support your LMC, contact helen.northall@pcc.nhs.uk.

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  • Successful change agents

    29 November 2016

    This one-day workshop is for managers undergoing and supporting staff through change programmes. The content explores the merits of different approaches to implementing change and an understanding of the role and skills of an effective change agent. The workshop allows delegates to consider their own impact and emotions, and equips them the tools needed to facilitate and implement change. The session will be held on 18 May in London.

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