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Alison King, portfolio manager for primary care at North East SHA, blames PCT reorganisation for the current mixed feelings about PBC among GPs

Alison King, portfolio manager for primary care at North East SHA, blames PCT reorganisation for the current mixed feelings about PBC among GPs

For example, she says: ‘County Durham PCT was five reconfigured into one, so practices have lost key contacts in our former PCTs. It takes time to rebuild relationships.'

But the SHA is keen to address the problems: ‘What we have done is looked at the difference between the survey and what PCTs are telling the SHA and where there are gaps.' Next year's focus will be on developing better clinical engagement, she adds.

‘The key message from speaking to colleagues is about processes for approving business cases. PCTs must have the processes in place to get business cases through and translated into service specifications.' It's a clash of cultures, she believes. ‘Clinicians can change things quite quickly and are good at adapting. The management systems are not as quick, so it can be frustrating for them.'

It's too early to say what the future of PBC in the region will be, she adds. ‘We will be in a better place next year to say what the vision is, probably by February, I imagine.

We are not deciding on the vision as an SHA and saying "everyone adopt this". It is an inclusive process with clinical engagement.'



NHS North East survey results NHS North East

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