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Our website can be found at http://www.practicemanagement.org.uk

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About the Practice Management Network

 

1. Introduction

The Network is run by practice managers, for practice managers to offer support and opportunities to share, develop, and influence.

The Practice Management Network (PMN) aims to become a national community of managers in general practice, to influence the development of policy, and ensure that as key players in the local NHS, practice managers are engaged, involved and consulted. 

Purely for managers in general practice, the Networks website is a secure and safe domain for managers to communicate with colleagues. No access is granted to SHAs, PCTs, commercial companies or consultancies.

2. History

Founded on 1st April 2009, the Practice Management Network steering group was established by the GP Access team, within the Primary Care Division at the Department of Health in response to requests from Practice Managers wanting a ‘voice’ within Primary Care. 

The PMN’s official launch was in September 2009 where it presented its first product, ‘Improving Access, Responding to Patients; a ‘how-to’ guide for GP practices.

3. Organisation

The PMN is governed by a steering group made up of seven managers from general practice who are accountable to the members of the Network. Each member of the steering group is aligned with one of the key stakeholder organisations (AMSPAR, BMA, FDA, IHM, NAPC, NHS Alliance and RCGP), and meetings are Chaired by one of the groups’ members. The membership of this group is reviewed annually in accordance with their Terms of Reference. 

4. Achievements

  • Since its launch the Network has produced ‘Improving Access, Responding to Patients; a ‘how-to’ guide for GP practices’ – a copy of which went to every practice in England, and can be accessed from the website.
  • The Network now has over 2000 members.
  • The work of the PMN is widely recognised within Primary Care and is positively utilised by DoH, stakeholder organisations and other government departments as a route to communicate and ask for input from practice managers. 
  • To date the Network has had articles and features published in Management in Practice, Practice Management and the GP and Practice Team Bulletin.

March 2010