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Blog headlines

  • Reflections on a ‘new’ NHS and its impact on general practice
    10 September 2021

    This week’s blog we are sharing reflections by William Greenwood on the direction for the health service and potential impact on general practice.

  • When facilitation could turn into mediation
    3 September 2021

    Requests to attend a meeting, to help find a way forward, to help with planning, to redesign a care pathway, and numerous other reasons are not always what they seem. Sometimes you will be asked to facilitate, or just asked to attend. What then happens in the room may not be the meeting that you are expecting. Other situations, such as tensions between practices, departments or teams may give a more obvious sign that what is needed goes beyond just attending or facilitating a little.

  • Population Health Management?
    26 August 2021

    One of the frequently heard phrases of the moment is population health management – but what is it and does it work. The blog is from a longer article by Monica Duncan exploring the topic.

  • The future must be primary care
    19 August 2021

    The blog this week is by Professor David Colin-Thomé, chair of PCC.

  • Preparing for winter 2021/22
    13 August 2021

    One of the hottest days of the year saw people from practices, primary care networks (PCNs) and federations gather to start to think creatively about managing their winter pressures in this session hosted by PCC and the NHS Confederation PCN Network.

  • Building the collaboration
    5 August 2021

    Prior to COVID-19 primary care network (PCN) community pharmacy leads (representing a group of pharmacy contractors in their locality) were starting to contact the clinical director for their allocated PCN to discuss how pharmacy services could develop and adapt to help address community health needs.

  • Audit into action… with a pandemic thrown into the mix!
    29 July 2021

    A blog from the Clinical Leads for the National Audit of Care at the End of Life (NACEL).

  • GP partnership uses new video to highlight benefits of its merger-led transformation
    23 July 2021

    An East Cheshire-based GP practice, the Middlewood Partnership, which formally merged in order to successfully transform its clinical and business models, is sharing insights, via a new video, with colleagues across the health and social care sector.

  • Early evaluation of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Trailblazer
    15 July 2021

    The Birmingham, RAND and Cambridge Evaluation Centre (BRACE) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research to conduct rapid evaluation of promising new services and innovations in health and social care. The BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre and Policy Innovation and Evaluation Research Unit have published findings from the early evaluation of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Trailblazer programme.

  • Learn from reflection
    8 July 2021

    We are sharing an article by Helen Northall, chief executive, PCC this week on learning from reflection.

  • Link of the week: National Thank You Day
    1 July 2021

    This week we are featuring National Thank You Day.

  • North East Essex integrated discharge single point of access - implementing the Coronavirus Act 2020 and Covid-19 hospital discharge service requirements
    24 June 2021

    The blog this week is from Frank Sims, chief executive of Anglian Community Enterprise and shares learning on collaboration and redesign to support hospital discharge.

  • Helping your patients making an informed choice: Medical or Surgical abortion?
    17 June 2021

    This week the blog has been submitted by MSI Reproductive Choices UK and is about supporting patients to make an informed choice based on NICE guidance.

  • The potential for case finding patients with cardiovascular disease in a dental setting
    10 June 2021

    The blog this week is by Wendy Crew, PCC adviser, considering the opportunity to case find patients with cardiovascular disease in a dental setting.

  • Using population health data to inform ARRS recruitment
    3 June 2021

    Funding for the additional role reimbursement scheme (ARRS) has increased nationally from £430m (2020-21) to £746m max. (2021-22) with an allocation available for each primary care network (PCN) depending on the size of the population it covers. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) draw down the funds but only as new roles are recruited within PCNs. PCNs are therefore being strongly encouraged to make use of their ARRS allocation to ensure people in their neighbourhoods benefit from the funding available.

  • SHAPE Atlas mapping tool
    27 May 2021

    As the themes of the NHS Long Term Plan start to become reality through plans for legislation to support integration, we need to work out where the best place is to deliver services.

  • Cancer Care Map
    20 May 2021

    The blog this week has been submitted by Robin Pritchard, co-director of Cancer Care Map. Cancer Care Map is a stand-alone, comprehensive, independent, free to use online directory of cancer support services in the UK providing verified and trusted information, regularly checked and updated and accessible to all.

  • Understanding and aligning link worker and community capacity building activity: A place-based approach in York and Wakefield
    13 May 2021

    The blog this week is by Sian Lockwood, chief executive officer of Community Catalysts.

  • Virtual group consultations and Why skip/send it to landfill?
    6 May 2021

    An article on group consultations that celebrates the patient perspective and experiences of receiving care this way from Alison Manson. Blog on reusing/recycling and saving money for a NHS Trust from Alex Ford.

  • Experience of Care Week
    30 April 2021

    This week we celebrate Experience of Care week which is an international initiative, which runs from 26 - 30 April, to celebrate the work that is happening across health and social care to keep improving experiences of care for patients, families, carers and staff. PCC governing body member Lesley Goodburn explains more below.

Friday, 23 April 2010

A vote for Networks is never wasted

Purdah, the period of pre-election silence, is ostensibly designed to prevent public servants from saying or doing anything that might influence the outcome of the election.

It is more important than ever to avoid venturing an opinion that could possibly be construed as partisan. So we won’t.

Instead, we’ll bring you some more of the service announcements that are so popular they could stand for Parliament.

The help pages have been updated with sections on how to create a network and how to join one.

The first of these provides comprehensive instructions on how to set up the web pages that will give your network a focal point and a non-political platform for news, discussion and collaboration.

Not being politicians we’re quite modest about this, but for a lot of networks the ability to set up a web site quickly and host it for free is a big benefit.

Don’t take our word for it: listen to Paul Midgley, network coordinator for the East Midlands PBC Network:

“If it wasn't for NHS Networks we wouldn't have a network website. We just couldn’t afford it. The new site is ideal as it's quick and easy to upload your own content, particularly helpful after conferences, when I used to spend ages zipping and shrinking files to email and even then they'd fail. This saves time and expense for all of us.

“I like the fresh look of the website. It enables me to give our network its own identity instead of feeling like just a bit of someone else's site. This is much more appealing to potential and current members.”

Paul Devlin of the Emergency Care Network is equally complimentary:

“NHS Networks provides the means to increase the profile and role of networks as well as firmly embedding them within the fabric of the NHS. This is a truly powerful tool that can assist health economies to coordinate development work across stakeholders, share good practice and learn from others on a national level.”

The lovely thing is that we haven’t had to pay him anything to say it. And while we’re trading compliments it’s worth noting that an email last summer from this Paul inspired the development of the new site.

After these inspiring comments, you won’t need any incentive to join, but you may still need help. It’s not complicated, but we don’t take anything for granted.

We have made improvements to the Network Finder, the search engine that points you in the direction of relevant networks. It is now much faster and a bit cleverer. It’s a basic law of evolution that speed is easier to acquire than intelligence.

Finally we have added a section on how to set up a forum. Setting up a forum is easy, but getting a lively discussion going is more challenging…

[The rest of this article was so controversial that it has been impounded by the Thought Police. It will be released on 8 May.]