To recap, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) build on the core of current primary care services and enable a greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care.
PCNs are a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan, with all general practices expected to sign up to a network by 30 June 2019, and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) being required to commit recurrent funding to develop and maintain them.
Here at OneWorkforce, we provide workforce training and consultancy services nationally, supporting GP practices, networks and federations to collaborate and deliver joined up population-based care. We’re part of OneMedicalGroup, a nationally recognised and award-winning health and well-being organisation, working within the NHS.
Not only are our team experienced healthcare leaders, we are also specialists in organisational development, mediation and project management making them the perfect facilitators to support you in delivering the Network DES.
With the impending move to Primary Care Networks for more general practices, we’ve outlined some of the potential challenges and how we could support.
Too many cooks spoil the broth
While combining resources is beneficial to the community, it can also prove problematic to ensure everyone involved is happy and their voices are heard. OneWorkforce can help by acting as an independent advisor, facilitating meetings for PCNs, and acting as the impartial middleman to help create a shared vision and objectives.
Formation of the board
One of the biggest challenges practices face whilst moving into a PCN is making sure the arrangement is fair to all involved. Electing a board is crucial in managing everyone’s needs and OneWorkforce can help facilitate by managing nominations and the election processes for key roles such as Clinical Director, Board representatives and Steering Groups, helping tailor structures and agendas for individual community needs.
With the deadline looming for all GP practices to come together in geographical networks covering populations of approximately 30–50,000 patients by June 2019 if they are to take advantage of additional funding attached to a PCN. However, many practices appear to be holding off for further direction from NHS England. Our advice at OneWorkforce would be not to delay as further advice is unlikely to provide networks with the answers to outstanding questions.
OneWorkforce is working collaboratively with NHS England and CCGs and has worked with PCNs across the North helping them to form, shape and develop their network and has plenty of experience supporting with organisational development of your PCN.
Training is everything
Developing a communication strategy for your network and delivering staff and patient engagement workshops is crucial for a successful PCN. OneWorkforce can also help across the whole process from; workforce mapping and training need analysis across your PCN, mandatory and statutory training as well as management and leadership development.