Primary care networks

Information and advice to help practices meet the requirements of the network contract DES and get the most from being part of their network.

Advice on primary care networks

Network contract DES for 2020/21 updated due to COVID-19 outbreak

Network contract DES for 2020/21 updated due to COVID-19 outbreak

Practices have been urged to 'reconfirm their participation' in the network contract DES as soon as possible to avoid any interruption in PCN funding during the 'critical moment' of the coronavirus pandemic.

PCN service specification: Supporting early cancer diagnosis

PCN service specification: Supporting early cancer diagnosis

An overview of the network service specification.

PCN service specification: Enhanced health in care homes

PCN service specification: Enhanced health in care homes

An overview of the network service specification.

PCN service specification: Structured medication review and medicine optimisation
GP contract 2020: What is the Impact and Investment Fund?

GP contract 2020: What is the Impact and Investment Fund?

Primary care networks (PCNs) will be rewarded for performance with the introduction of the new Investment and Impact Fund.

Details of the network contract DES for 2019/20

Details of the network contract DES for 2019/20

A summary of the network contract DES that applies for 2019/20 in England.

PCNs: Collaborating with other practices on staff issues

PCNs: Collaborating with other practices on staff issues

Medeconomics highlights where practice managers within a primary care network could collaborate on HR and staff issues, including new network staff, existing staff and locums.

PCNs: Collaborating with other practices on policies and processes

PCNs: Collaborating with other practices on policies and processes

Advice on how practice managers within a primary care network could collaborate on practice policies and processes, including business continuity, data protection, safeguarding, complaints and IT systems.

How social prescribing can help practices and PCNs tackle workload

How social prescribing can help practices and PCNs tackle workload

What is social prescribing and can it help practices to reduce workload?

Financial considerations for primary care networks

Financial considerations for primary care networks

Specialist accountant Laurence Slavin highlights the financial issues that practices will need to consider as they set up primary care networks.

VAT and primary care networks

VAT and primary care networks

Accountant Katie Collin explains what practices need to know about VAT and primary care networks.

What structures can primary care networks adopt?

What structures can primary care networks adopt?

The BMA has suggested five structures that primary care networks could operate under, but there are many issues that practices need to consider.

Primary care networks: The clinical director role

Primary care networks: The clinical director role

Every primary care network will need to appoint a clinical director. Medeconomics explains what this role involves and BMA guidance on appointing a director.

What is the network contract DES?

What is the network contract DES?

Under the new five-year GP contract practices are expected to join a network and sign up to a new network contract DES that will begin in July 2019.

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