Primary Care Networks: Practical steps to avoid legal & operational pitfalls.
The development of Primary Care Networks has been heralded as one of the most significant changes in primary care for twenty years. At a time of unprecedented pressure, the drive to establish collaborative networks across neighbourhoods of 30,000 - 50,000 patients with substantial new and targeted funding has led to huge optimism in the sector.
Three months from their official launch, we look back at some of the core recurring legal and practical issues that have emerged as potential obstacles to their establishment and development before considering some of the practical steps that may be taken to address the same.
Issues aside, we will touch on the potential opportunities when it comes to developing networks that drive improved patient care in a manner that is sustainable to its members.
This session is for anyone who is involved in Primary Care Networks. It will pull together the lessons learnt from across England and give practical advice to address recurring issues or concerns.
- A look at the core legal and practical issues to have emerged from the establishment of PCNs
- A look at the practical steps that make be taken to address these issues
- A look at some of the possibilities for PCNs as they develop.