Nottingham City: PCN election process praised nationally

Nottingham City: PCN election process praised nationally

As practices come together across Nottingham City to form into Primary Care Networks (PCN) they will be considering who they wish to appoint as their Network’s Clinical Director. The Clinical Director will be a clinician working within General Practice in the PCN, they will provide strategic and clinical leadership to help support change across primary and community health services.

This is an exciting new role which will be critical to ensuring primary care is at the forefront of developing and implementing local system plans to deliver the aspirations of the NHS Long Term Plan. You can view more information about the role and the application pack here.

NHS England’s primary care lead Nikki Kanani wrote in the HSJ in March that PCNs ‘need a new style of leader rather than transferring them from CCGs or elsewhere’. She spoke of the need to attract GPs who had not engaged with system leadership before and encouragingly cited the proposed elections in Nottingham as a good example.

Ourselves, and Nottingham City CCG are offering to support PCNs to run an election process if they wish to select their Clinical Director in this way. The first stage of the proposed process is an application form which is currently available for download from the our website here.

The application is open until 12th April. In some areas PCNs may wish to then move to a vote following review of applications, giving each practice in the PCN the opportunity to select the best candidate for the job in a transparent way. Anyone who wishes to discuss applying for the role or how a selection process could run in their area is encouraged to contact Adele Stewart at adele.stewart@nottslmc.co.uk.

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