GP Neighbourhood Coordinator Blog

Maddy is the GP Neighbourhood Coordinator here at SOAR. We caught up with her to see what’s happening in the world of Primary Care Network (PCN). Did you miss her first blog? Read up on PCN’s here.

September and October have been a hectic few months for me! The PCN’s have had the opportunity to bid for an amount of funding, allocated by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), to help fund a change or transformation within their Network. To be successful, this change has to meet certain criteria set by the CCG and should positively impact the delivery of services for patients. The business case needs to address the following;

  • Who will benefit from the change
  • Who will be involved in delivering the change
  • What the change will aim to do
  • Where the change will take place
  • Why the change is needed

The process involves receiving the Transformation Bid criteria (1st October), developing the business case, submitting this to the CCG (1st November), notifying shortlisted Networks, and then presenting to the CCG. We will know if we have been successful or not by the 6th of December.

The SAPA5 PCN has decided to focus on their frail and elderly population as their priority. I have been busy writing this business case on their behalf which includes defining the aims and objectives of the project, and how we want to achieve them. Since August, I’ve been discussing with various health professionals what the biggest challenges are for these patients and how we can make any changes, to help plan the project.  With the Network, I’ve identified and developed important relationships with other services that will need to work together to make the project successful. I have also considered how the project will be evaluated, and how much the project will cost so we can apply for the right amount of funding. If our bid is successful, the project will start from January 2020 and we will be able to share more details then, so watch this space!