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The SHA PBC leads network provides networking opportunities for the ten SHA PBC leads, to share good practice and understand different SHA approaches to both supporting PCTs and PBCs in strengthening clinical commissioning, and ultimately in performance managing the reinvigoration of PBC.

The group involves SHA clinical leads for PBC where appropriate and complements (rather than duplicates) the National PBC Clinical Leaders Network, chaired by Dr James Kingsland.

We expect that in meeting with DH policy colleagues, we can make a useful contribution to DH policy, helping to shape thinking in a co-productive manner. The network will be a significant conduit for DH to provide information and policy updates regarding PBC, as well as an opportunity for considering the operational implications of policy implementation.

Each meeting, we will include a focused session on a 'hot topic', an overview/update where necessary on national policy and a PBC update from each SHA area.

Some of the discussions areas we shall be concentrating on over forthcoming meetings include:

  • Planned revisions to the PBC budget setting methodology and toolkit
  • Updated procurement guides, how this applies to PBC and issues resulting from vertical integration
  • Personalised health budgets and impact on PBC
  • Results of new style MORI survey (Consortia Lead) survey
  • The role of PBC in addressing health inequalities and improving health outcomes
  • The challenges associated with implementing earned autonomy
  • How SHAs are fulfilling their requirement to be accountable for PBC reinvigoration
  • How SHAs are ensuring PBC is fully integrated with WCC (and in particular the WCC assurance process).
  • How SHA are ensuring PBC is being played into the Transforming Community Services (TCS) agenda and the primary and community care strategy.
  • How SHAs are support the Quality and Productivity Challenge & quality of primary care agenda, using PBC as a lever
  • How SHAs are approaching PBC as part of the duty to promote innovation (e.g. promotion of PBC service re-design schemes and patient experience initiatives delivering quality, prevention, productivity).
  • The SHA role in PBC leadership and development.

To visit PBC Connection: the resource centre for clinical commissioning, please click here http://pbc.networks.nhs.uk

To find out more about the National PBC Clinical Leaders network, please click here

Network Lead: Patricia Barnett, patricia.barnett@westmidlands.nhs.uk, 0121 695 2215