Updated: Sep 19
If you're interviewing for a Primary Care Network position, you'll need to compile a list of interview questions. Here are 32 potential questions for you to consider and tailor to meet the specific position you are recruiting for.
The list can support clinical and non-clinical roles.
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This is not an exhaustive list, but it will give you a good starting point.
Please could you describe what a Primary Care Network is?
What attracts you to our Primary Care Network?
What preparation did you do for this interview?
What is your experience of working with GP practices?
Why are you leaving your current position?
What did you particularly like about your last position?
What professional achievement are you most proud of?
Do you have any specialist areas of interest, or are there any which you would like to develop?
If you were offered your last job again today, would you take it?
How do you set priorities in your work?
What challenges do you foresee in working across multiple practices?
How do you keep up with the latest information in your field?
What clinical areas do you require development with?
How would your co-workers describe you?
How would you describe your ideal job/ work environment/ employer?
How do you manage stress?
Can you describe a time you went beyond the call of duty for a patient?
Can you describe a time you went beyond the call of duty for a colleague?
Please provide an example of how you have supported a patient with a positive behaviour change?
Please tell us about a time when you have supported someone experiencing complex personal circumstances, such as long-term health conditions, anxiety, or practical issues, such as debt and poor housing. How did you help them, and what were the challenges in providing support?
Local community groups, organisations, and pathways change frequently. How would you keep up-to-date and share changes with your colleagues?
What core elements contribute to an effective virtual / in-person consultation?
Tell us about when you have led or participated in partnership working. Please explain your role, what you did to support the collaboration and what did you achieve?
Please tell us about a piece of work where you have had to record information and monitor the impact of the work. How did you go about this, and what did you learn from the process?
How can you ensure your consultations and patient interactions consider health inequalities?
Please share an example where you struggled to build a rapport with a patient and any lessons learnt from this experience.
Please can you share a patient story which you are proud of?
Please share an example of how you have managed conflicting messages from colleagues and the course of action you took.
Are you able to evidence your statutory and mandatory training?
What is your notice period?
What are your salary expectations?
The salary is XXXX. Are you happy with this?
I wouldn't recommend asking more than 10 questions.
Lastly, check out the tips below to help your interview run smoothly.
If you are looking to appoint a PCN Manager, check out our blog titled The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Your Primary Care Network Manager.
About the Author
I'm Tara; I am the founder of THC Primary Care, an award-winning healthcare consultancy specialising in Primary Care Network Management and the host of the Business of Healthcare Podcast, where we have now published over 260 episodes. I have over 20 years of project management and business development experience across the private and public sectors, and I have supported over 120 PCNs by providing interim management, training and consultancy. I have managed teams across multiple sites and countries; I have an MBA in Leadership and Management in Healthcare, I'm published in the London Journal of Primary Care, and I am the author of over 250 blogs. I have 3 children. My eldest has Asthma, my middle child has a kidney condition called Nephrotic Syndrome, and my youngest daughter has Type 1 Diabetes, so outside of work, healthcare plays a huge role in my life.
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