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PMA Conference & Exhibition 2017 Programme


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Exhibition Opens


Chairman’s Opening Address

Dennis Dunn MBE JP DL, Chairman, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and President Cheshire, British Red Cross


Opening Keynote - The Future of General Practice

Dr Robert Varnam, Director of General Practice Development at NHS England

Recent years have seen a growing focus on change in general practice, and now almost every practice is asking significant questions about the future. It’s no longer just the innovators who are looking to do things differently. Why is this? Is general practice broken? Are we not needed by the NHS? Robert Varnam, an inner-city GP and one of the authors of the General Practice Forward View, will look at the strengths of primary care, the case for change and how the future is looking. There is an opportunity to actually deliver more of our potential – the question is how?


Challenges Facing Primary Care 

Julie Cooper, MP for Burnley and Padiham - Shadow Health Minister for Care in the Community


Ensuring Quality in the Transformation Age

Alison Holbourn, Deputy Chief Inspector CQC

Alison Holbourn will discuss the first national experience of PMS regulation – what have we learned? And discuss the changes in the transforming provider landscape. How will CQC’s strategic plan be implemented, and what will this mean for new providers in primary care including at scale provision in primary care?


The Vanguard Programme

Louise Watson – Director, New Care Models Programme, NHS England

Louise will provide an overview of the New Care Models Programme, how the vanguards work and will include some valuable and interesting insight from a number of case studies to demonstrate how the vanguards are working in practice.


Discussion Panel - Scaling General Practice

Panel: Dr Robert Varnam, Julie Cooper MP, Alison Holbourn & Louise Watson

The traditional model of GPs working in small local surgeries will be a thing of the past. Many GP practices are already part of a network or Federation. For patients, this means their initial enquiry is handled through an online hub where the case will be assigned to the least busy practice.  Access to shared clinical and administrative information means that no matter which practice the patient visits in the network, all professionals will see the same information. General Practice Forward View refers to much-needed national efforts to ensure different clinical systems will be able to work together by 2020 but just how practical is this national integration? And how will it be afforded?


BREAK - Exhibition 


Data & Information Challenges in General Practice

Andrew Rose, Senior Policy Officer – Policy and Engagement (Public Sector), Information Commissioner’s Office

The ICO will open the afternoon session of the conference by addressing some of the main data and information challenges and issues for GP Practices – where they are crossing the line and what they need to do to ensure compliance but more importantly to provide patients with the very best assurance that their records and data will be managed and used to uphold the highest standards.


The Reality of General Practice

Dr Ash Patel, CEO at Viaduct Health

Dr Patel will provide a GP Federation perspective on our journey over recent years, potential success and pitfalls and why a singular voice for General Practice as Providers is becoming a challenging necessity.


Measurement of the Effectiveness of General Practices

Professor Jeremy Dawson, Professor of Health Management, Institute of Work Psychology, Sheffield University Management School

Measurement of the effectiveness of general practices is complex and needs to cover a range of very different areas. In this session, Professor Jeremy Dawson presents information about a study being conducted by researchers at the University of Sheffield, The King's Fund, and the University of Leicester, that is developing a broad effectiveness measure based on input from GPs, practice managers, other healthcare professionals and members of the public. The model developed includes four performance areas, 11 objectives, and 52 indicators. The measurement tool, which largely uses routine data, is currently being piloted in 50 practices, and early observations about its usefulness will be presented.


Change Leadership

Andy Peers - Straightforward, Executive Director

Andy Peers will share his experiences and thoughts about key principles of leadership from across sectors and about leading and managing through and beyond change. He will also focus the importance of co-operation and partnerships and how we all need to recognise that the challenges we face in society weren’t created, and won’t be solved, in a vacuum.

  • Strategic direction – developing mission, vision and values
  • The transformation agenda
  • Leadership competencies, behaviours and framework
  • Leadership approaches – identifying and nurturing individual development
  • Leading strategic and operational change
  • Enhancing team work and multi-disciplinary collaboration


Discussion Panel - Leading Change and the Impact on the Patient

Panel: Dr Ash Patel, Andy Peers & Professor Jeremy Dawson

The future of General Practice looks a little uncertain and General Practice in 2020 will not look the same as today – and nor should it. The new look general practice will be able to work at scale, there will be development and expansion of the healthcare workforce and improved practice environments. There will be improved signposting of patients to the most appropriate service or where appropriate supporting them to self-care and or other to providers including charities. GPs working as part of a more joined up primary care workforce will be able devote the greatest amount of time to quality and health improvement for patients and their local communities – but there will be implications for other providers and agencies. What matters now is getting on and delivering it so that practices can start to make a difference and patients can start to feel the difference. We’re acutely aware of the pressures this will also place on the services offered by the other service providers and charities that have some medical and some social care responsibilities.


Closing Keynote