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PCN Plus
 

A Professional Development Course for PCN Leaders

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Becoming a PCN leader is becoming more difficult everyday...

  • Navigating multiple practices​

  • Increasingly large, disparate workforce

  • Constantly changing requirements

  • Prioritising and facilitating numerous meetings

  • Minimal support or personal development

Are you a Clinical Director or Senior Leader within a PCN who is...

  • Unsure of what the role requires?

  • Feeling overwhelmed?

  • Trying to reinvigorate the energy across your PCN

  • Looking for practical and specific leadership and management support?

PCN Plus will help you understand what the role entails, how to make it a success, and how to tackle the many challenges that the role brings.

PCN Plus is designed to:

  1. Identify your PCN vision and priorities

  2. Put the support in place that you need

  3. Establish effective boundaries around your role

  4. Improve your chairing, facilitation and conflict resolution skills

  5. Build member practice engagement in the PCN

  6. Make the most of the opportunity of the additional PCN roles

  7. Maximise PCN finances

  8. Manage excessive meeting requests

  9. Develop productive external relationships

  10. Create a succession plan for the future

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Who is PCN Plus for?

PCN Clinical Directors

Senior Leaders (within a PCN)

Who is this for?

PCN Clinical Directors and Senior Leaders within PCNs have the complexity of:

 

  • Looking after the needs of individual member practices

  • Leading an increasingly large and disparate workforce

  • Building productive external relationships

  • Keeping abreast of the constantly changing requirements

  • Responding to the incessant requests for meetings

 

This makes the task of leading a PCN one of the most challenging roles there is in general practice right now.

PCN Plus is for PCN Clinical Directors or Senior Leaders, seeking training and development to better understand the requirements of their role, how to cope with it, how to prioritise, how to navigate the challenges, and most importantly how to make it a success. 

PCN Plus | Course Format

Session 1

Thursday 11th May 2023
7pm - 9pm

Session 2

Thursday 8th June 2023
7pm - 9pm

Session 3

Thursday 13th July 2023
7pm - 9pm

Session 4

Thursday 14th September 2023
7pm - 9pm

Session 5

Thursday 12th October 2023
7pm - 9pm

Session 6

Thursday 9th November 2023
7pm - 9pm

Session 7

Thursday 14th December 2023
7pm - 9pm

Vision

  • The importance of establishing a vision

  • How to agree on a vision across the PCN

  • What to do next

  • Using the vision to build practice engagement

  • Revisiting the vision

Engaging Member Practices

  • Engaging member practices

  • Chairing/managing PCN meetings

  • Making decisions

  • Creating effective communication channels

  • Working with disengaged practices

  • Managing conflict

PCN Finances

  • Understanding the income streams

  • Prioritising expenditure

  • Budget setting

  • End of year accounts

ARRS Workforce

  • Deciding which roles to employ

  • Recruitment

  • Retention

  • Clinical Supervision and line management

  • Team building

Network Operations

  • Creating delivery plans

  • Implementing change

  • Project management

  • Monitoring performance

Working With Partners

  • Working with other PCNs

  • Understanding integrated care and operating in the new system

  • Building useful relationships with other providers

  • Handling excessive meeting requests

Personal Resilience and Support

  • PCN infrastructure

  • Third party support

  • Management support and the CD/PCN manager relationship

  • Setting boundaries

  • Creating a succession plan

The programme is delivered over six months. Each month there is a live 2-hour evening teaching and learning session on the sessions outlined above.

 

As well as the monthly live sessions, participants will receive a range of additional resources, information and useful materials, as well as access to an exclusive membership community only for programme participants. 

We will also have live monthly lunchtime drop-in sessions. Dates and times to be confirmed.

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On completing the PCN Plus course you will have;

  • Clarity in your role

  • Confidence to lead your PCN towards its vision

  • Tools and resources to manage effectively

  • Network of support

  • Levelled up your knowledge and expertise

DELIVERED BY PCN CLINICAL DIRECTORS LEADERS AND PCN LEADERS

Dr Hussain Gandhi

Dr Hussain Gandhi

Clinical Director

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Dr Andrew Foster

Dr Andrew Foster

GP Partner Parkside Medical Practice

Ben Gowland

Ben Gowland

Former NHS Chief Executive

Host of the General Practice Podcast

Experienced PCN Clinical Director Dr Hussain Gandhi, GP Partner Dr Andrew Foster, former NHS Chief Executive Ben Gowland and experienced PCN Manager Tara Humphrey, have joined forces to bring you PCN Plus.

 

Together they have a proven track record in leading general practices, primary care services and PCN Networks. Combining their expertise, to bring you PCN Plus, a leadership programme that speaks to the heart of the challenges and opportunities you will face as a PCN leader.

This is a practical course, underpinned by countless leadership, management, facilitation and quality improvement courses; a Masters in Business Administration in Health Care; thousands of hours of hands-on experience; and a plethora of leadership and management books and podcasts.

Register
  • When does the course start?
    PCN Plus launched on the 11th May 2023. The course is being delivered over six months, teaching a subject/module each month in a live session. Registration is now closed.
  • How much experience is required to start the course?
    PCN Plus has been created for experienced PCN leaders and Clinical Directors. The course is a leadership programme specifically related to the unique format, challenges and opportunities that come from leading within a PCN.
  • Who is delivering the course?
    - Experienced PCN Manager Tara Humphrey and host of the Business of Healthcare Podcast - Experienced PCN Clinical Director Dr Hussain Gandhi - Experienced GP Partner Dr Andrew Foster - Former NHS Chief Executive Ben Gowland and host of the General Practice Podcast Together they have a proven track record in leading general practices, primary care services and PCN Networks. Combining their expertise, to bring you PCN Plus, a leadership programme that speaks to the heart of the challenges and opportunities you will face as a PCN leader.
  • How is the course delivered?
    PCN Plus will be delivered by a live 2-hour teaching and learning session each month over the course of six months. As well as the live monthly sessions participants will receive a range of additional resources, information and useful materials, as well as access to an exclusive membership community only for programme participants.
  • How much is the course and how do I apply?
    The course is £3,000 + VAT per person. Registration is currently closed but do keep an eye on our website or subscribe to our newsletter for any updates on new cohorts
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