Partnering with a purpose: making collaboration work

When Sep 25, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Manchester
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Better joined up services can only work with the full engagement of primary care and particularly general practice.

Success will be determined by the quality of relationships and the vision of local leaders not by national policy or contractual mechanisms. But commissioners and practices hoping to drive change know that willingness to collaborate is not sufficient on its own.

This event on 26 July in Birmingham and 25 September iManchester will help delegates to understand the options available for those wishing to work together and the implications of the emerging business models. Using examples of existing collaborations, speakers will identify the critical success factors, including the opportunities and threats created by the national policy push to integrated care systems.

What do practices currently planning to work at local scale – such as the 30,000 to 50,000 population groups favoured by the GP Forward View – need to know about working as part of the much larger systems envisaged by policy makers? Lawyers from Hill Dickinson, who have worked with a number of collaborations, will help untangle the jargon and clarify the issues.

GP and NAPC executive member Dr Mike Smith will present a GP’s view, looking at the compelling reasons for general practice to view collaboration as an opportunity – not just as an imposition by commissioners and policy makers. 

The event will include panel discussion to allow delegates to quiz the experts in the room and learn from case studies of existing models. They will get a clear picture of the success factors for collaborations including:

  • Agreeing a vision and objectives
  • Identifying the right partners and areas for collaboration (eg which services to provide together)
  • Getting engagement right
  • What governance arrangements are needed?
  • Who should lead?
  • How do we work through the finances?

The event is a must for primary care commissioners, practice managers and GPs, particularly those already working in federations and other local groupings. It will also be of value to those working in STPs who are responsible for making collaboration happen at all levels, and providers needing to understand how to best work with primary care. Delegates will learn about steps to take to enable new collaborations and help existing initiatives to become successful. 

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