PCN leads will have access to resources to help book locums and attend meetings with the PCN in a wider manner than has been possible to date. The funding can also be used in other ways such as networking within the PCN itself. The funding is being facilitated via the LPC.
Gateshead & South Tyneside has 8 PCN's and many will know who their lead is as we have developed good communication links between the lead and the pharmacies in their patch. We would ask all contractors to support their PCN leads as the role develops. Remember they are the link for collaborative working between pharmacies and GP practices in a PCN area.
The LPC recently brought together the PCN leads and LPC Members in a face to face meeting to discuss their work to date, the funding and the future for the to role.
Commenting at the meeting Dave Carter, G&ST LPC Chairman, said
"this money will go a long way to help facilitate engagement within the PCN - to promote the quality clinical services such as GPCPCS and Hypertension Finding Service which if utilised fully have the power to really reduce GP appointment time and workload whilst simultaneously utilising the clinical skills of the community pharmacy”
Attendee, Susie Barnes, PCN Lead for Gateshead Outer West said
"It was great to be able to meet other PCN Lead and discuss the work we have all been doing. I feel enthused about the future and my role as PCN Lead. Its great to have some support from both the LPC and the regional funding to enable me to leave the pharmacy to attend meetings and progress the role"