As we work our way through lockdown 3 and all that means to the day-to-day operational pressures of pharmacy practice, the Government and NHSE&I are looking ahead to 2022 with enabling legislation to further integrate local health and care through a new White Paper.
With Primary Care Networks (PCNs) increasingly becoming the building block of out-of-hospital care and the predicted demise of CCGs as Integrated Care Systems take on a single pot of funding to commission health and public health services, community pharmacy’s relationship with PCNs will be critical to its future.
So what does this mean? The skills to effectively engage, communicate with and influence PCNs will be key – we have to be in it to win it!
To date we have worked with LPCs across England to develop over 300 PCN Pharmacy Leads, initially with face-to-face workshops. From the start of the first lockdown we have been utilising web-based technologies and blended learning to transfer the required knowledge and skills and inspire and enable local PCN leads to not only engage with their PCN, but also with fellow contractors in their area. That collaborative approach across contractors is as important, if not more so, as at a national level.
Our Effective Engagement and Communication leadership development programme is designed to provide PCN Leads and others in local leadership positions with the capabilities to maximise the positive impact they can have and be ready for a more integrated local health care system.
The future is local.