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Wessex PCN Conference - The Next Steps

Thursday 17 October 2019 at Oakley Hall, Basingstoke

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This is an all day event.

Times: 08:30 - 17:00

Food is provided at this event.

There are 82 PCNs in Wessex, covering Dorset, Hampshire & IoW, Bath & NE Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire, with approximately 3000 GPs, 450 practices and a population of 3.3 million. This conference is for PCN Clinical Directors, lead Practice Managers and for system leaders from the acute trusts, community providers, local authorities and commissioners from CCGs and STPs.

On the 17th October PCNs will be 108 days old and our aim is to support you by bringing together national leaders from NHS England and the BMA and local leaders, to provide you with a clear vision for the future, create an opportunity to share experiences and network with leaders from your local health system.

In my view PCNs have three main functions:

  1. To support general practice to start to address its workload via additional workforce

This year the added responsibility for PCNs is extended hours provision, but next year with the additional staff (First Point of Contact MSK and Physicians Assistants) there will be a requirement to deliver the service specifications that relate to:

    1. Structured medication review in priority groups
    2. Enhanced health in care homes (with support from community providers)
    3. Anticipatory care (with community services)
    4. Personalised care
    5. Supporting early cancer diagnosis

We have invited national leaders from NHS England and the GPC to help to clarify what might be expected from PCNs next year.

  1. Develop a care network

Community nursing and mental health teams will be required to configure their services around the geographical footprint of your PCN and remove the historic divide between primary and community care. There will be a requirement to establish a MDT based in your PCN consisting of GPs, SAS Doctors, District Nurses, Consultant care of the elderly, AHP, Pharmacists.

Your PCN will provide a focus for building a new team to help practices support the most complex patients. Our expectation is that we use the PCN as a delivery unit and existing resources are brought together with the aim of integration and making more effective and efficient use of these resources. This would include secondary care and the local authority.

We have invited NHS England’s national director for community health and aging well to provide his insight into the future.

  1. Work towards a creating a delivery unit which could hold NHS contracts

This could be part of a federation or a joint venture with another NHS provider.

Population Health Management is often talked about but often misunderstood. We have therefore invited an international expert, Dr Martin McShane, Chief Medical Officer UK - Optum International, to lead a session of Population Health Management. Martin started life as a GP and is well aware of the challenges we all face.

We are also inviting leaders from your STP, CCG, hospitals, community providers and local authority to this event, to help them better understand the role and future potential of PCNs and to facilitate some networking based around your local system.

This is an important event as I believe it will help set the agenda locally for the next couple of years. Attached is a copy of the proposed agenda and each PCN has been allocated 2 free of charge places for this event, please click on the booking link below to secure your places at the Wessex PCN Conference.

Please Note:

We will be video recording this event.  Wessex LMCs has full editorial control, and all discussions will remain confidential. Please don't feel inhibited by the presence of the camera, and if you don't want to be interviewed just say so


Clinical Directors Interviews


Finance Questions

IT & Information Governance

Population Health Management

Removing the Divide

The Role of a Sessional GP

Where are we now?

Where we are now

Workforce Challenges

Workforce Questions

Whats Next?


Location details

Oakley Hall, Basingstoke
Rectory Road , Oakley , Basingstoke , RG23 7EL

Is the training accessible to wheelchairs? Yes

Main contact

Name: Helene Clark


Phone: 023 8025 3874

If you have any communication or mobility needs that the event organisers need to be aware of please contact them  in advance of the course to let them know.


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