Primary Care networks

Practice Managers Association
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

The PCNs will allow for the retention of what constitutes the very best of how general practice and wider primary care currently operates, retaining and building on the national GMS contract and the partnership models in place, while finding improved ways to deliver care that offer tangible benefits and improvements to patients, clinicians and the wider primary care team. Individual practices joining the network will retain their GMS or PMS contract, with the PCN building on it and understanding that many practices have already been working collaboratively, sometimes as part of informal networks, on their own initiative.

The over-riding drivers – to bring care closer to community and connect the local primary care teams.

  • Duration: Full day

  • Location: On-site/locally

Who should attend?

  • Practice Managers
  • GPs
  • Business Managers


Bringing new benefits to patients the development of PCNs will mean that patients and the public will be able to access:

  • Resilient high-quality care from local clinicians and health and care practitioners, with more services provided out of hospital and closer to home.
  • A more comprehensive and integrated set of services, that anticipate rising demand and support higher levels of self-care.
  • Appropriate referrals and more ‘one-stop shop’ services where all of their needs can be met at the same time.
  • Different care models for different population groups (such as frail older persons, adults with complex needs, children) that are person-centred rather than disease centre.

The workshop will be interactive – delegates will be encouraged to share challenges, issues and concerns they may have. Our facilitator will also share their experiences.

A workbook and guidance notes and will be provided to support this workshop. Delegates will receive a useful summary of the day with further notes of the key messages of the day.

Certificates of attendance are awarded after the workshop.

Workshop Agenda

Below is an outline of the proposed agenda, if you have any questions please get in touch.

09.15Introduction and Welcome – Programme, Objectives and Open Forum
9.30Background to PCNs
  • Bringing new benefits to patients
09.45Establishing sustainable networks – PCN Development journey
  • Foundations
  • First Steps – identifying partners
  • Step 2 – Shared Health Models
  • Step 3 – Full integration
10.15Potential PCN Structures and operating models
  • Flat practice network
  • Lead provider
  • GP Federation provider
  • Super practice
  • Non-GP provider model
10.45PCN Funding
  • Funding Streams
  • To individual practices
  • Extended hours
  • Extended access funding
  • Investment
  • Workforce
11.15BREAK – tea & coffee
11.40Employee issues
  • Shared resources
  • Employee liabilities
  • Pensions
  • VAT
12.10PCN Staff Roles
  • Clinical Director
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • JDs
  • Benefits to patients
  • Benefits to practices
13.45Building Resilience – Creating a Healthy and Productive Environment
  • Resilience in your own team
  • Practice some concepts that help:
    • Start with the end in mind
    • Circle of influence/concern
    • Limiting beliefs
  • What else do I/we need to do to create a supportive environment?
  • What’s within my control? If not, what else can I do?
14.45Local Perspective
15.30Action Planning
16.00Open Forum – what next?
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