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The last few weeks have certainly been a busy time for GPs, Practice Managers, LMCs and CCGs in organising practices into coherent networks that make sense for the communities they serve. While it certainly can’t have been easy, we sincerely hope the conversations that happened locally have provided colleagues with a framework for collaboration to work together going forward.
So, you know who is in your PCN, who your clinical director is and where you’re going to receive your funding… what’s next?
Well, there are six more weeks to finalise the arrangmenets to create your network. PCNs will need to consider the schedules to the Network Agreement which will provide structure and understanding for practices to collaborate as networks. These are mainly operational and whilst you may wish to use guidance and seek support from others, the core principles are something that the PCN needs to come up with themselves. This is so that the PCN functions in the way you want it to, to support your practices to provide care for your patients rather than someone telling you how/what to do.
The seven schedules are available here and cover (among other things) decision-making, service activities, financial arrangmeents, workforce arrangements, and how other organisations can work as part of the PCN.
Populating these schedules depends on how simple or detailed you want to make it. Depending on the arrangments and structures you are looking at adopting for your PCN, you may need to seek specialist advice on certain areas. Please do get in touch with the BMA if you need any support regarding this. Remember that these schedules will be interdependent, so you should consider them all together rather than individually.
The main area that PCNs will want to consider leading up to 1st July is how they will deliver the extended hours requirements. This was never expected to be solely GP face to face appointments but through a variety of members of the workforce and a variety of methods; I would encourage colleagues to really think about how to deliver this requirement via a combination of face to face appointements, telephone and online consultations with the wider primary care team, in a way that works for your patients and you as GPs. Colleagues from PCNs are already discussing this on the PCN discussion group. You can register for the group here.
That should be the main focus leading up to July. Depending on how your conversations are emerging locally you may want to adopt a specific structure for your PCNs. The overview and the main aspects to consider are covered in detail in the PCN Handbook that you may find helpful.
Our PCN Hub is constantly being updated with information and guidance so please do visit the website regularly and keep an eye out for updated information.
Finally, make sure you familiarise yourself (if you haven’t already) with the national contract and guidance documents.
Armed with all the above you should know what you need to do, be able to meet and make the decisions required, and know where to go for help.
Krishna Kasaraneni is a member of GPC executive
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