Relieving the SARs pressures – don’t miss your opportunity to do things differently

December 12th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

With the reported increases in the numbers of SARs requests received by GP practices since the introduction of GDPR in May 2018, the increased burden on resources will be an ever-present concern and frustration. A recent pole to a number of practices showed just over half of respondents reported an increase in the numbers of SARs requests received, and with surveys performed showing that many people are still unaware of their rights under GDPR, increased requests are probable. Estimated figures of a £20.6m cost to the NHS before [...]

PMA Academy launch a Level 7 Diploma in Leadership & Management

December 11th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

The PMA are delighted to launch our ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership & Management. This is a diploma specifically for people who are at management level in primary care and likely to take on responsibility for overseeing primary care provision at scale. Some examples of this include new care models, GP or other primary care federations, GP super practices and NAPC’s primary care home and other primary care networks. The first cohort of learners will begin the course in February with recruitment continuing every 4 months on a [...]

The General Medical Services Contract Global Sum – Where is the New Allocation Formula?

December 10th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

Sarah Cousins is an independent management consultant with over 25 years’ experience in primary care, both as a provider and commissioner, supporting practice development and resilience Practice finances are being squeezed. Hard. And whilst the GP Forward View is on target to meet its pledge of a funding uplift of £12 billion into primary care by 2020/21 through the core contract, it’s disappointing that so far little, or discernable progress has been made over the last year in leveraging additional investment from the rest of the system into primary [...]

The changing NHS: opportunity or threat?

November 8th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

The NHS environment is ever-changing. Resources are spread thinly and are required to be more flexible. Whilst this poses challenges, it can also present opportunities for those looking to further their careers. For practices, it can create uncertainty but having a succession plan in place will bring peace of mind when faced with unplanned leave of absence, retirement or staff simply moving on. It will also help create a structure for promotion or development within the team. Strategies you agree should be flexible, tailored to your own practice’s requirements, [...]

NHS in England – money flows, structures and system links

October 25th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

In this latest blog, management consultant Scott McKenzie considers NHS in England; money flows, structures and system links & the opportunity this presents for General Practice as providers in Integrated Care. The focus in the NHS currently lies on implementing the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Plans (STPs) and converting those to a form of Integrated Care. This could be an Integrated Care System (ICS), or Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). It could be a Multispecialty Community Provider (MCP), which also includes the Primary Care Home, Primary and Acute Care Systems (PACS) and [...]

Greater Manchester at the forefront of offering PMA Level 3 and Level 5 Leadership & Management Diplomas

October 25th, 2018|Categories: PMA News|

The PMA are delighted to confirm further collaboration with the GM Health and Social Care Partnership and the GP Excellence Programme. Following the success, earlier this year, of the bursary offer from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to co-fund the ESFA contribution which enabled an impressive number of practice staff to enrol in Level 3 or Level 5 ILM Leadership and Management Diplomas. This superb opportunity is being offered a second time around to all practice staff in the 10 Greater Manchester CCGs. They are planning to begin [...]

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