• Access advice and peer support

    19 July 2016

    PCC subscribers access our networks where they bring issues they are facing and share best practice, where appropriate developing a common approach for the delivery of consistent primary care co-commissioning across a local area. Points discussed at recent meetings were premises, vulnerable practices, cross chargeable services, GP contracts, wording of notice of variations, practice closures, primary care infrastructure fund, statement of funding and entitlement payments, GP maternity payments and conflicts of interest. Subscribers can contact their local adviser to get details of networks they can access. Non-subscribers should contact lisa.bourgaize@pcc.nhs.uk for information on how to access our services.

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  • Surviving change: essential skills for managers

    18 July 2016

    Seventy percent of change programmes fail. Successful change leaders are able to adapt to changing circumstances and to bring their teams with them. This requires sound judgement, decision-making skills in an uncertain environment, personal resilience and an ability to understand and support others at different stages of change.

    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.

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  • All eyes on Northumberland accountable care model

    14 July 2016

    Northumberland has a long history of joint working and integrated care and an avowed intention to move towards an accountable care organisation (ACO) model. The county is moving swiftly from siloes of micro-commissioning and dependency on the annual contracting round to focus on the bigger picture of population health. The Northumberland example was one of several case studies featured at our Contracting for New Care Models workshop with Capsticks, which is running again in the autumn. Find out more about the Northumberland story and forthcoming events on the PCC website.

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  • Northumberland thinks big to tackle small town problems

    14 July 2016

    Shortly after Barack Obama, the putative father of ACOs in America, leaves office in January, Northumberland’s own version of his healthcare creation will be born.

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  • Getting local collaboration up and running

    14 July 2016

    PCC can support GP providers to deliver local collaboration plans, from agreeing vision, mission and purpose, to forming the structures that underpin new care models, developing relationships and leaders, understanding how to bid for new services and workforce planning. A recent workshop in Doncaster brought together the CCG and 43 members of an aspiring GP federation to get practical advice about working together in the context of the emerging local sustainability and transformation plan (STP). The session included tips and inspiration from Dr Mike Smith of Camden GP Federation. Laura Sherburn, chief of partnership commissioning and primary care at Doncaster CCG described the half-day workshop as “excellent, on point and an extremely effective way of delivering some critical messages”. To discuss similar events in your area contact sally.simmonds@pcc.nhs.uk.

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