We know that Primary Care Networks (PCN) are at the core of the NHS Long-Term Plan. PCNs will need to include primary and community care networks to deliver genuine integrated care to 30,000 – 50,000 patients. GP practices will be mandated to join a PCN by the end of 2019 with a view to finding efficiencies in delivering wide-ranging services to patients. This will be done by working closely with neighbourhood teams, including staff such as pharmacists, district nurses, community geriatricians, dementia workers and allied health professionals, as well as staff working in social care and the voluntary sector. The aim is to provide a structure and funding for services to be developed locally, aligned to the needs of the patients they serve.
In addition to this we are able to provide more targeted support to practices, partnerships and GP Federations. One of the key drivers for general practice is working at scale due to the potential benefits this will release. To this end we can provide bespoke support to help practices design, plan and deliver successful mergers. We can provide a variety of solutions from subject-matter experts to provide light touch support, right through to an end to end package. We can also provide support to GP Federations around governance, business development, restructuring and ICS/ICP development.
The General Practice Resilience Programme has national funding to help practices to become more sustainable and resilient. Our Consultants regularly undertake detailed practice diagnostic works, which focus on all aspects of how the practice operates. The findings are then assessed and an improvement plan is developed for the practice. These audits are in line with the NHSE guidance below and for the majority of the time, are funded by the GPFV monies.
Our services include:
- Developing Needs Analysis
- Practice Diagnostics and Improvement
- Clinical Modelling
- New Care Models
- Working at Scale
- Primary Care Networks
- Interim Management
- Business Process Efficiencies
- Change Management
- Managing Teams
- Building Resilience
- Coaching & Mentoring
Other areas of PMA Consultancy support:
Targeted support for practices around mergers/working at scale
Mergers are often delayed because practices don’t have the time or available expertise to manage them. LMCs can also find they struggle with hands-on support. There is national funding available to support this.
GP Federation support – ICO/ICS Development
GPs can be under-represented as a result of the lack of management capacity, both clinical and non- clinical. There is often lack of consistency in GP representation at Federation level.
Practice Turnaround / Diagnostic Service
Practices are often unable to manage this themselves due to time constraints and sometimes lack of objectivity. We can help by providing a turnaround plan which includes patient engagement.