PCN development programme gets off to flying start


Primary care practitioners from across Greater Manchester heard from inspiring speakers on the first day of our PCN development programme on Wednesday 24 May.

The event included a range of talks and workshops, including a discussion around personalised care delivered by Dr Jaweeda Idoo from Alvanley Family Practice in Stockport, and a session on working with marginalised communities led by Dr Laura Neilson from Hope Citadel and Dr Austen O Carroll, GP in Dublin, which showcased initiatives aimed at improving patient access in areas of deprivation.

Kay Keane, Practice Manager at Urban Village Medical Practice in Ancoats, who attended the workshop on working with marginalised communities, said: “The session was very engaging and thought-provoking. It was inspiring to hear real examples of initiatives that have been introduced to improve access for patients in deprived areas.

“I have recently moved to a practice which is contracted to provide healthcare for those experiencing homelessness, so it was great to hear from a similar practice in Dublin. I came away feeling enthusiastic and motivated. Meeting colleagues and networking is always an added bonus at a face-to-face event.”

Dr Jaweeda Idoo, GP and speaker on the topic of personalised care, said: “As a personalised care champion for NHS Greater Manchester, it was inspiring to hear from so many people with the same passion.

“My aim is to help primary care practitioners across Greater Manchester to have new kinds of conversations with patients to enable them to live healthier lives and take control of their care.”

Dr Tracey Vell, Chief Officer of the PCB, said: “I was delighted to launch day one of our PCN Development Programme alongside Rob Bellingham, Director of Primary Care and Strategic Commissioning at NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care.

“The purpose of our PCN Development Programme is to facilitate learning and share good practice across our Greater Manchester primary care network.

“The shared knowledge and expertise of our primary care workforce is key to shaping the future of primary care in Greater Manchester and informing development of the blueprint.”

The PCN Development Programme has been developed in response to needs expressed by Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and in line with the Greater Manchester Primary Care Blueprint, the Integrated Care Partnership Strategy and the national Fuller Stocktake Report.

Registration is now open for the second day of the programme on Thursday 14 September. Visit our PCN development programme page to find out more and register.