Primary Care Networks Conference: Being Your Best PCN

Being your Best PCN: A First Practice Management Conference

Date: Thursday 19th September 2019

Venue: King's Fund (Maynards Theatre), 11 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

Registration: 6:30pm

Welcome: 7.00pm

Close: 9:30pm

Tickets : Click here to book your place


With the spotlight on integrating services under the newly formed Primary Care Networks, join us for this seminar to hear from our guest speakers with extensive experience and expertise in delivering success in the primary care sector.

We will look at how PCNs are developing as a new organisation in the NHS landscape, how to avoid the potential pitfalls, explore new ways of working together and how to get the most positive benefits for you, your network and your patients.

In response to the volume of feedback received regarding Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and their practical challenges and opportunities they present, First Practice Management and primary care trainers Thornfields are hosting this results-focused seminar at the King's Fund with contributions from a number of experienced practitioners. 

This is a practical seminar aimed at Practice Management teams and their Clinical Directors and management team members in newly established and evolving Primary Care Networks (PCN).

The objective is to accelerate delegates' understanding of the potential pitfalls to avoid, as well as helping them separate potential “urban myths” from best practice operational reality.

The sessions will be delivered by experienced professionals with extensive experience of delivering success in primary care. and in particular the practicalities of establishing and sustaining a successful Primary Care Network.

The sessions will focus on the “3P” model of the 3 primary drivers of a high performing PCN – Purpose, Process and People.

Keynote Speakers

  • Opening remarks and “A GP’s Perspective" - Dr Kevin Barrett
  • Legal myth-busting and operational best practice - Nils Christiansen
  • Getting the finances right - Phil Harnby
  • Multiple jeopardy and the importance of indemnity - Dr Mike Devlin
  • Delivering success through people - Mairead Roche
  • Panel Q&A - An opportunity to receive answers to some practical questions you may have

Places are limited to just 100 delegates. The cost is £50 per delegate.
Sales close on 18/09/2019. 



'Being your Best PCN': Agenda


Opening Remarks and “A GP’s Perspective”

Dr Kevin Barrett

Clinical Director, Grand Union PCN


Legal Myth-Busting and Operational Best Practice

Nils Christiansen

DR Solicitors


Getting the Finances Right

Phil Harnby

Mitchells Grievson


Multiple Jeopardy and the Importance of Indemnity

Dr Mike Devlin



Delivering Success Through People

Mairead Roche

Practice Manager – Camden


Panel Q&A


Speaker Profiles



Dr Kevin Barrett

Kevin is a GP in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire and has been a partner since 2002.

He has been involved with commissioning for over ten years, and until recently was a board member at Herts Valleys CCG until becoming a Clinical Director of The Grand Union PCN. Kevin is enthusiastic about Primary Care Networks but is mindful of the implications that this may have on the future of General Practice. 


Nils Christiansen

Nils is the co-founder and Managing Director of DR Solicitors: an award winning specialist firm of Solicitors working with GPs and other healthcare providers throughout England and Wales.

Nils is an expert on the NHS regulations and their impact on Primary Care providers and commissioners, and advises clients on the practical legal and business considerations of managing business change, and of negotiating healthcare contracts and resolving disputes. He has been deeply involved in the establishment of over 100 Primary Care Networks, and is cited in the recent GP Partnership Review. His experience of change includes supporting clients through business mergers, establishment of federations and PCNs, as well as restructurings and business closures.


Dr Mike Devlin

Mike is Head of Professional Standards and Liaison at the MDU, having been a medico-legal adviser for over 15 years, latterly as Head of Advisory Services. He is the MDU’s Responsible Officer. He is Vice President (Medico-Legal) of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and was a member of its academic committee and was an examiner for the MFFLM until 2014. He is an international editorial board member of the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. He was Treasurer of the FFLM from 2011 to 2015. He has had published many articles on medico-legal matters in various medical journals and papers in UK and Ireland as well as a book chapter. He has a significant amount of experience in teaching and assessing knowledge in medico-legal subjects.

2019 has seen changes to how indemnity is provided in England, with the introduction of the Clinical Negligence Scheme for GPs. However, there is also an increasing variety of medico-legal jeopardies and the evolution of new models of care and the establishment of PCNs add to the complexity of these risks.


Phil Harnby

Phil is a chartered accountant based in the North East of England has specialised in the Healthcare Sector (specifically GP Practices) for nearly 10 years, having looked after clients across the UK.

Within this role he has witnessed first hand the ever-changing environment of the NHS, giving him invaluable experience in change management and the challenges this brings to clients.

Phil has presented on financial topics at national events and written for various national publications including First Practice Management.


Mairead Roche

Mairead originally trained and worked as a nurse (RGN) and has managed a busy inner London Practice for over 26 years.  A trained teacher, she was commissioned by Camden CCG to design and deliver all non-clinical staff training. Her interests are in creating the best and safest environment for moving the non-clinical role away from the traditional administrative duties towards a more interesting, responsive and patient focused position within the GP team.

This is especially important when looking at the new PCN structures with its emphasis on standardising processes to support working at scale across practices.



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