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And they’re off: South West clinical directors’ network gets underway


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And they’re off: South West clinical directors’ network gets underway

More than a hundred delegates, most of them clinical directors or practice business managers turned out to the inaugural meeting of the South West LMCs clinical directors’ network at Taunton Racecourse this week.

Dr Nigel Watson, chief executive of Wessex LMCs, who chaired the event said: “GPs don’t like living with uncertainty so what they’re trying to do here is to second-guess where we’re trying to get to. One of the messages I’ve been trying to give them is that [PCNs] are for them to develop… Clinical directors need to be quite demanding about what they need to do that transformation and development.”  Other speakers at the event, which was facilitated by PCC, included Dr Mark Stanford-Wood, a clinical director in the region and deputy chair of the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA. Dr Stanford-Wood, a member of the negotiating team for the five-year PCN contract, answered the numerous questions that arose about PCN funding, in particular about the funding rules for additional roles where the majority of the new investment is to be made. Listen to Dr Watson talking about the issues raised by the event in this week’s podcast. To find out more about support for networks in your region, contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk