BMA services for primary care networks

Running a PCN (primary care network) can be challenging. The BMA has you covered via our range of services, learning, community app, conference and legal services.
Location: England
Audience: GPs Practice managers
Updated: Friday 1 May 2020
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As sole negotiators of the GP contract, the BMA is in a unique position to understand the challenges clinical directors face. 

We provide a range of expert PCN (primary care network) services and knowledge to support you with running a successful PCN in England.


Register your interest

To sign up for any of the services or resources below, please register your interest.

Registration form


Community app

We have developed a PCN community app. Register your interest to get access.

  • The latest PCN news, information and guidance at your fingertips.
  • Connect and engage with fellow clinical directors.
  • Leverage the experience of the BMA and PCN community to guide you to PCN success.
  • Start conversations, ask questions and share your experience all in one place.
  • Be the first to know about the latest information and updates from the PCN experts who negotiated the contracts.



2020 conference

Come together with your clinical director peers on 8 February 2020 for our PCN conference. Network and learn about the upcoming contract negotiations and how they may affect you and your PCN.

With breakout sessions and workshops, tailor the conference to suit your needs and immerse yourself in topics that are important to you and the running of your PCN.


2019 conference

In early June 2019, we held the first PCN clinical directors conference. The day was attended by over 250 newly appointed clinical directors who received talks from GPC and NHSE negotiators, and workshops from experts covering a variety of topics.

Watch the recording

Learning programme

We have developed a bespoke learning offer. The programme will run from January to April 2020 on three topics that are crucial to PCNs.

Learning will equip clinical directors with strategic planning, leadership and management, and workforce planning skills to help shape the direction of your PCN.

Book on to the programme



Strategic planning - January 2020

You will attend one half-day masterclass, plus a series of four related live webinars.

In this interactive masterclass, we will outline what strategic planning is, contextualising it for PCNs. Working as smaller groups, you will:

  • start to consider what we want to achieve and how we might achieve it
  • consider what resources are available to support delivery of the planask, how do we know that we are successful
  • examine managing change in a complex environment.

The objective of the session is to provide thinking space to consider how you develop a strategic plan, engaging your PCN in the process, learning from others who are at different stages to you. You should leave the session with a view as to what you will do when back at base.

Workforce planning - January 2020

You will attend one half-day masterclass, plus a series of four related live webinars and complete one e-learning module on quality improvement.

This masterclass will help you consider what workforce planning means in a PCN context. You should leave the session with an appreciation of the steps you need to take to develop a workforce plan. It will cover:

  • what is workforce planning
  • pre-requisites to workforce planning
  • the difference between HR and workforce planning.

Breaking into smaller groups you will work with others to consider the following with a view to developing your action plan:

  • workforce planning cycle and how you go about it
  • who are the workforce and what skills are available to us (including, gap analysis)?
  • how do we establish a team culture?
Leadership and management - March 2020

A full day comprising of a morning masterclass on leadership and management and in the afternoon, you will attend a one-to-one medical career coaching clinic and take part in seminars informed by the morning’s findings. This will all be led by our medical career consultants.

This masterclass will look at practical tips and tools that you can apply immediately to better plan, organise and prioritise your time. You will also explore behavioural changes that will help you feel more confident in leading, influencing and engaging others.

  • How will your leadership style and skills evolve to help you manage your PCN?
  • What is your natural influencing style and how does this impact others around you?
  • What can you do to continue to instil motivation and engagement during the next phase of your PCN?
  • What does collaborative working mean to you in the context of your PCN?


  • 15 live, weekly webinars held from 8 January 2020 to 29 April 2020.
  • 7pm weekly.
  • Up to 45 minutes in length.
  • All concluding with a live Q&A session.


E-learning modules

You will complete two x one hour e-learning modules by April 2020 that explore the topics of quality improvement and leadership and management. These can be done at your own convenience.



Subscribing and attending the whole programme by 15 April 2020 attracts 15 hours of CPD activities.


Career coaching

A virtual career coaching service will be available at competitive rates. Our medical career coaches will be able to provide support and explore your career needs over the phone or by Skype.

This service includes a 20 minute initial consultation and as many additional follow up sessions as you and your coach feel would be of benefit.


Legal services

BMA Law's team of specialist solicitors are on hand to help you navigate the legal process of running a successful PCN. Their solicitors understand that every PCN set-up is unique and all face different legal challenges.

To ensure you receive the support you need, they offer a variety of flexible, cost effective service options that are tailored to you; from network agreements to practice premise contracts.


Insurance services

The formation of your PCN brings new challenges to ensure you are properly protected.

With Lloyd & Whyte you’ll have the cover you need, tailored to your PCN. No two PCNS are the same and the issues you face will vary, which is why Lloyd & Whyte make sure your cover is bespoke to your circumstances.

The PCN insurance package can cover:

  • directors and officers insurance (particularly covering clinical directors)
  • employment practice liability (eg claims of unfair dismissal)
  • professional indemnity
  • employer's liability and public liability insurance – to cover any gaps for those working on behalf of the PCN, across practices.


HR and employment law advice

As part of BMA membership, clinical directors who are BMA members can access HR and employment law advice for their PCN by contacting the EAS (employer advisory service).

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