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  • Will PCNs fulfil the needs of general practice?

    • 23 May 2019
    It is not difficult to find hyperbole when it comes to the announcement of health service reforms. It was not long ago that the changes introduced by the then health secretary Andrew Lansley were described by the chief executive of the NHS as being ‘so big that they are visible from space’, and according to the previous RCGP chair, the GP Forward View was heralded as the most significant opportunity for general...
  • PCN registration completed – what’s next?

    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...
  • PCNs: important opportunities for sessional GPs

    • 8 May 2019
    The biggest change in delivering primary care services is currently underway, affecting how GPs work and will work in the future. GP practices in England are expected to establish primary care networks (PCN), forming groups within geographical contiguous areas, covering their patient populations generally ranging from 30,000-50,000. As part of the five-year contract agreement, linking up with other local health and care...
  • Four weeks to submit your network agreement

    I hope the title of this blog is not too alarming – it is not intended to be so, but it does highlight the amount of time we all have to make some important decisions. We have four weeks to complete the network agreement and Schedule 1. That means: deciding who is in your network, what it is called, who is going to receive the funding, who the clinical director is how to meet and make decisions. Of course, other...
  • The NHS app: where are we now?

    • 11 Apr 2019
    As you may already know, the NHS app was launched at the end of last year with the aim of improving patient access to digital health services. The app is free to download and use, and free for practices. Once a GP practice is connected, it can provide patients with the ability to: book and manage appointments at the practice order their repeat prescriptions securely view their GP medical record check their...