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Running a PCN (primary care network) can be challenging. The BMA has you covered via our range of services.


How we can help

As sole negotiators of the general practice contract, the BMA is in a unique position to understand the challenges clinical directors face in their role and can support you as your PCN grows. We provide a range of expert PCN services and knowledge to support you with running a successful PCN in England.

Read more about each service and register your interest by completing our registration form.

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PCN community

The latest PCN news, information and guidance at your fingertips. With the PCN community app, connect and engage with fellow clinical directors and 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 first to know about the latest information and updates from the PCN experts who negotiated the contracts.


PCN conference

Come together with your clinical director peers on 8 February 2020 for our PCN conference. Network with fellow clinical directors 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.

Find out more

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 of the event

Read the conference workshop summaries


Learning and development

The BMA learning and development team has created a bespoke offer of blended learning. The programme will run from January to April 2020 on three main topics, crucial to the change PCNs are experiencing. Learning will equip clinical directors with strategic planning, leadership, management and workforce planning skills to help shape the direction of the PCN.

Book on to our learning and development programme

Programme schedule

Strategic planning and workforce planning – January 2020

  • You will attend two back-to-back masterclasses; the morning will focus on strategic planning and the afternoon on workforce planning.

Leadership and management with medical career coaching clinics – 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, all led by our medical career consultants.

You will attend a series of 15 live, weekly webinars held from 8 January 2020 to 15 April 2020. They will begin at 7pm every Wednesday evening, be up to 45 minutes in length and conclude with a live Q&A session. Each will relate to the three programme topics in the PCN context, to help you build and expand on your knowledge. 

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

Subscribing and attending the whole programme by 15 April 2020 attracts 15 hours of CPD (continuing professional development) 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.

Book on to our learning and development programme


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're 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 they 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 (members only)

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).

For clinical directors who are GP partners, the EAS can also provide advice for your home GP practice, partnership agreement checks, and unbiased support should disputes arise.

For clinical directors who are employed doctors, support is available through our team of advisers, eg contract checking.  

Contact us on 0300 123 1233 or email [email protected].

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