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For the Pulse PCN Christmas issue, we look ahead toward the final year of the Network DES, with a watchful eye on the highs and lows of the year gone by.
PCNs know the contract is coming to an end in March 2024 but most, if not all, are unclear what that means for their local networks. With action underway to implement the Fuller Stocktake, clinical directors tell us what they want the future DES to include and what they hope is gone for good.
The Pulse PCN roundtable covers work built on the outreach seen during the initial phases of the covid vaccine programme and the challenges around continuing to engage with communities.
Elsewhere, Professor Aruna Garcea, chair of the NHS Confederation’s PCN advisory group, shares her thoughts about the next steps for PCNs, including how she hopes the additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS) will come back into the contract to keep staff on-board long term.
And we hear from a PCN in East Sussex that is gaining notoriety for its success in managing
urgent demand in primary care, after merged all five practices’ finances in 2019 under one GMS contract and merged clinical systems in 2020.
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