PCC is delivering a series of primary care premises training events to NHS England and CCG primary care commissioners responsible for GP premises developments. The events on 18 June in Oldham, 25 June in Birmingham, 10 July in London, 12 July in Reading, 16 July in Cambridge, 18 July in Nottingham, 23 July in Horley, 30 July in Bristol and 8 August in Leeds will help commissioners understand the basic rules and principles of the premises costs directions relating to primary care estate management, focusing specifically on improvement grants and the rent review process. Subsequent events will be scheduled to cover other elements of primary care estate management. These events have been commissioned by NHS England and are free to attend.
National policy is focused on strengthening general practice – both as a critical service in its own right and as an essential part of emerging integrated care systems. The reality on the ground is often at odds with the national vision, either because promised funding is slow to get through or because practices are too busy keeping the show on the road to worry about the luxury of improvement.
PCC has four upcoming workshops at two levels – one for people new to dental service contracting and the other for those with more experience who would like to further their knowledge and skills.
Our level one workshop enables delegates to develop a better understanding of the regulatory, financial and contractual framework under which NHS eye-health services are commissioned and provided and the practical implications of these. It will help delegates to feel confident in managing contract change requests, requesting contract changes themselves, implementing and managing national variations and issuing contract notices. This session is running on 15 November in Leeds and 23 January 2019 in London.
The level three session allows delegates to work through two local scenarios, understanding the contractual issues, the options available and formulating contractual notices and practice difficult conversations. This workshop is on 12 September in Leeds is aimed at delegates with a basic understanding or above of the GDS and PDS arrangements.
As of this April, 91% of CCGs now have delegated responsibility for primary medical care. It’s doubtful whether a majority of them are fully prepared to discharge that responsibility, however. Not only will many lack the expertise and experience to take day to day decisions about the contracts they hold for general practice services, the contracting portfolios they have inherited from NHS England may be incomplete, out of date and poorly documented.