• Tara Humphrey

What to ask in your PCN Manager Job Interview?

Updated: Apr 11

I have provided a getting started guide for newly appointed Primary Care Network (PCN) Managers, but what about those of you who are thinking about applying for the position?

To help you better understand the role you will potentially be stepping into and to stand out in your interview, here are 10 not-so-obvious questions to ask in your PCN Manager job interview.

These questions are also helpful and can be used by the hiring panel and PCN Clinical Directors to: prepare answers, describe what’s going on in the network and clearly articulate what the need of the role is.


  1. What is the vision for your PCN?

  2. How would you describe the relationships between your practices?

  3. What is the network currently working on?

  4. What is the one thing you keep saying you need to do but haven’t managed to do yet?

  5. How are decisions made in your network?

  6. What roles have been recruited to the network and how are they getting on?

  7. Do you have an up-to-date business plan?

  8. If I were to be appointed, what would my priorities be for the next 90 days?

  9. Which relationships would you recommend need building first?

  10. I know there is a job description, but what is it that you’re really looking for?

In preparation for the interview, I would also suggest you check out the latest DES document found here.

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I have an MBA in Healthcare Leadership and Management, I'm published in the London Journal of Primary Care and I host The Business of Healthcare Podcast.

I've written blogs for the NHS Confederation, appeared on the General Practice Podcast and the You are Not a Frog Podcast with Dr Rachel Morris.

I have 3 children - my youngest has Type 1 Diabetes and my middle child has the kidney condition Nephrotic Syndrome. Working with healthcare professionals is not just a job for me, it's part of everyday life. And as a result, I've developed a huge passion for helping others to deliver excellent care.

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