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Primary Care Networks – a GP’s perspective

March 20th, 2019|Categories: PMA News|

The ultimate aim is that PCNs will bring new benefits to patients by becoming more person-centric and bringing care services closer to home. PCNs are central to the provision of integrated, at-scale primary care. They will work closely with acute, community and mental health trusts, pharmacy, voluntary and local authority services, encompassing services beyond core general practice. “The main aim of PCNs is to focus services around local communities and help rebuild and reconnect the primary healthcare team across the area they cover through the network, providing workload support for practices [...]

Interim Workforce Implementation Plan: emerging priorities and actions. The PMA asks whether the focus is right.

March 8th, 2019|Categories: PMA News|

A letter sent out earlier this week by Dido Harding, Workforce Implementation Plan Chair, and Julian Hartley, National Executive Lead, outlines plans to devolve more responsibility for NHS workforce policies from national bodies to local areas. The overarching aim is to improve the quality of care for patients by transforming the workforce ensuring staff are recruited in the right numbers and remain engaged, motivated and supported by compassionate and inclusive leaders. There are five main themes. Theme 1: We can make a significant difference to our ability to recruit [...]

PMA granted Direct Claim Status by ILM

March 7th, 2019|Categories: PMA News|

The PMA are delighted to have gained Direct Claim Status (DCS) from ILM. ILM is Europe’s largest management and leadership awarding body. By granting DCS, ILM have acknowledged that the PMA have demonstrated best practice in quality assurance processes, in accordance with strict requirements for training and assessment. We are now able to award qualifications to delegates following our own rigorous internal assessment and verification process meaning that delegate results and certificates can be issued sooner that many other ILM centres. Faster certification turnaround helps you to progress [...]

PMA achieves the matrix Standard

March 7th, 2019|Categories: PMA News|

The PMA are proud to announce achievement of the matrix Standard. The matrix Standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals. This is a hugely important milestone, bringing reassurances about the quality standards we provide you. Austin, PMA Client Services Director, commented on his delight at reaching this important goal and the confidence it will bring all PMA learners. Elaine, PMA Strategic Lead for Education said, "I [...]

Should legal advice be offered in GP practices?

February 19th, 2019|Categories: PMA News|

The recently published Government's new strategy for legal aid is proposing that patients can access advice within GP practices. The new Legal Support Action Plan strategy, drawn up by the Ministry of Justice, said: 'Co-located legal support services may help people with multiple, linked, or difficult to diagnose legal problems, and can avoid barriers to support that may arise from multiple referrals between providers. 'Alongside our work to improve signposting and co-ordination of legal support online and by telephone, we want to assess and collect evidence as to [...]

The new GP Contract – for or against?

February 4th, 2019|Categories: PMA News|

In this latest blog, management consultant Scott McKenzie considers the new GP contract and shares his first impressions.  I’ve read through the new GP Contract and followed with interest the numerous articles, comments and social media posts. For me, this is a big step in the right direction, with good investment in to General Practice, a plan to tackle the workforce issues, which is essential, and the introduction government backed indemnity scheme. In short, I’m impressed and so is my client base. Feedback from them has been positive (in the [...]

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