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

NHS England updates network contract DES

NHS England updates network contract DES

Practices have been given a month to decide whether they want to opt out of the network contract DES, after NHS England issued an update to the enhanced service.

Network contract DES 2020/21 - full details

Network contract DES 2020/21 - full details

Medeconomics outlines full details of the network contract DES for 2020/21. This article has been updated to reflect the latest update to the DES on 17 September 2020.

Network contract DES: The additional roles reimbursement scheme explained

Network contract DES: The additional roles reimbursement scheme explained

Under the GP contract for 2020/21, the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme has been changed and will now provide 100% funding for staff recruited and several new roles will be covered by the scheme.

Network contract DES: The Investment and Impact Fund explained

Network contract DES: The Investment and Impact Fund explained

An updated version of the network contract DES for 2020/21 sets out how the new Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) will work from October.

PCN service specification: Structured medication review and medicine optimisation

PCN service specification: Structured medication review and medicine optimisation

An overview of the network service specification and its accompanying guidance.

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.

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.

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.

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