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Network Fundamentals - Having the right people around the table

Updated: Dec 20, 2022

Having the right people involved from the beginning of a project, contract or service will give it the best chance of success. If the right people are not involved from the beginning, it will be a lot harder to engage and involve them at a later date.

Each initiative will require different members, but to offer you an example, we have been involved in an integrated nursing home project which needs involvement from:

  • Clinical Commissioning Group managers, finance and contract leads who commissioned the contract.

  • The Head of Finance and Governance at a GP Federation to ensure the numbers stack up and the contract gets signed.

  • 10 GPs and 9 Practice Managers who are subcontracts and will be delivering the service.

  • 12 Care Home Managers who will be working in partnership with their general practices.

  • 2 neighbouring GP Federation Business Managers who have also been commission to deliver this contract in their localities.

  • The Clinical Excellence Group who will be building the clinical template and helping us capture key performance indicators using quality improvement principles.

With this many people – it is advisable to have some project management in place to ensure decisions are made, actions are taken, timely progress is made, and issues get resolved.

Points to consider:

  • Who is leading your initiative and are they clear on their role and responsibilities?

  • Have the key stakeholders in your project been identified and do you have their contact details which they respond to?

  • Have you included patients and carers?

  • What is the role of each stakeholder in the project and has this been communicated?

  • How and how often do you plan to keep in regular communication with your stakeholders?

Are you a clinical lead for a healthcare project, service or network?

Do you have a vision, but unsure how to implement it?

Has your initiative changed because of Coronavirus?

Would you like a plan that saves you time and reduces your stress?

Tara provides project and network management to Primary Care Networks and coaching support to clinical leads. Please visit our services page here.

Tara Humphrey is the founder of THC Primary Care, a leading healthcare consultancy specialising in workforce transformation and the host of The Business of Healthcare Podcast.

Tara has over 20 years of project management and business development experience across the private and public sector and has an MBA in Healthcare Leadership and Management, is published in the London Journal of Primary Care and is the author of over 180 blogs.

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