Resilience is the umbrella term NHS England has chosen for supporting general practice through one of its most challenging – and possibly transformational – periods since the NHS was founded three years after the end of the Second World War.
PCC has worked with hundreds of practices to help them get fit for the future.
Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) have a tough job to do – focused on making the books balance, hamstrung by provider deficits, trying to make an unsustainable system sustainable. Yet the majority of patient contacts and opportunity for upstream intervention is in primary care, most obviously general practice but also community pharmacies, dentists and optometrists. In this article, PCC chief executive Helen Northall makes the case for better understanding of and engagement with primary care by STPs.
Primary care at scale is a key part of the NHS response to crises in both finances and GP recruitment and retention.
PCC has supported practices and CCGs facing a range of those pressures or changed circumstances. Having worked in commissioning and primary care for many years, our associates can communicate effectively with both commissioners and providers. PCC adviser Charlotte Goodson says a range of local circumstances can trigger merger decisions.
Even well run practices need to develop resilience to make them fit for the future. That’s one of the main messages in the latest issue of Commissioning Excellence, which includes case studies on PCC’s support for the national resilience programme, our work in Wakefield to help five GP federations to come together as a confederation, an award-winning Gateshead practice’s use of a frailty nurse and practice champions to improve outcomes, and more accounts of the difference practice based clinical pharmacists are making.
Changes come into force for GMS contractual arrangements on 1 October. It is essential that contract managers are aware of these changes and any contractual and practical impact this may have on delivery of primary medical services.
PCC is hosting webinars for subscribing organisations covering the changes notified by NHS England.
The webinar is on 21 September and is repeated on 27 September. Webinars are only open to NHS England local offices and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) with a current PCC subscription.