Primary care virtual conference

Our second virtual primary care conference took place on 4 November 2021.

General information

4 November 2021 08:00 - 17:00 GMT
Open to all

If you couldn't join us on the day, catch up on what you missed.


  • Fiona Adamson, chair of the Primary Care Federation Network and chief executive of Hartlepool and Stockton Health, will open the conference with reflections on the past year in primary care, and a look forward to what both our primary care networks hope to achieve over the next year. Fiona will give an insight into what delegates can expect from the day's agenda before inviting delegates to join their first break out of the morning.

  • How to build an effective team

    Understand what your workforce needs to develop, thrive and be effective, and how training hubs can support you to achieve this. Bradford South PCN leadership team share their learning and experience.

    How to...use your development funding

    Birmingham Solihull CCG and Solihealth PCN join in discussion to share how they have worked collaboratively to make the best use of PCN development funding.

    How to support the personalised workforce in primary care

    ​​​​​​In this session you will hear from PCNs who have recruited social prescribing link workers, health and wellbeing coaches and care coordinators and learn how they are using the roles to deliver personalised care, tackle local neighbourhood health inequalities and reduce pressure on primary care. You will also hear from NHSEI on how PCNs can access the support offers available to this workforce.

    How to manage estates

    This session will demonstrate the utilisation of alternative estate to deliver primary care through looking at the opportunities, benefits and challenges as well as what considerations need to be factored in when looking at your estate plans to help inform future investment strategies at system level.


  • PCN Network chair Dr Pramit Patel introduces Amanda Pritchard, chief executive of NHS England, and Dr Nikki Kanani, medical director of primary care at NHS England and NHS Improvement who will describe their vision for the role of primary care in the system, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

  • Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation will reflect the importance of  primary care as a valued and essential  voice within systems, and how the membership body will ensure the views and experiences of our primary care members are represented.

1015 - Break

  • Paramedics in PCNs

    You will learn how PCNs and Federations have recruited, supported and retained Paramedics in primary care. Chaired by Paramedic and PCN Clinical Director, Drew Carroll and with input from Bolton GP Federation and East Merton PCN, this session will provide practical examples and answers to your questions about the realities and value of recruiting paramedics into PCNs.

    The simple approach to Population Health Management

    NAPC has gained a reputation for demystifying population health with its excellent training programmes. You will learn how to adopt a simple approach to population health management. The session will include case studies and plenty of practical advice to help your organisation develop an approach that is aligned to the needs of your communities and workforce.

    Building primary care leadership in systems

    With an increasing focus on system working and integrated care, hear from a range of colleagues who are working to deliver a strong and united voice for primary care in their local area. This will be an opportunity to see the benefits and challenges of bringing primary care together to lead from the front. You will hear from Dr Tracey Vell MBE, who has played a vital role building primary care leadership in the ICS in Manchester, as well as Jon Twelves and Mel Duffy, primary care federation leads who are working to bring together primary care collaborations at system level.

1130 - Break

  • Featuring Professor Sir Michael Marmot and chaired by NHS Confederation chair Lord Victor Adebowale.

    As the UK emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic ‘Build Back Better’ has become the mantra. It is important, but we need to Build Back Fairer. The levels of social, environmental, and economic inequality in society are damaging health and wellbeing. Taking action to reduce health inequalities is a matter of social justice. In developing strategies for tackling health inequalities, we need to confront the social gradient in health, not just the difference between the worst off and everybody else. Inequalities in mortality from COVID-19 and these rising health inequalities as a result of social and economic impacts, have made such action even more important.

1300 - Lunch

  • In this session, Ed Waller, director for primary care strategy and NHS contracts at NHSEI will explore the vision for PCNs in a reformed and collaborative NHS, their successes to date, and their opportunities beyond 2024.

  • Delivering Extended Access Services

    With the extended access contract moving to PCNs, this session will look at how extended access services have been delivered at scale, to bring resilience and reduce pressures on PCNs. You will hear and learn from federations who are already working with their PCNs and improving access to services. Speakers: Mike Holmes and Dr Daniel Kimberling, Nimbus Care.

    How does the funding stack up?

    This session will help attendees to understand the totality of funding that is available to PCNs.  Featuring speakers Ursula Montgomery, senior clinical advisor for primary care at NHS England and NHS Improvement, and Rob Kettell, deputy director for GP contract at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

    Mental health practitioners in PCNs

    Hear how PCNs and their Mental Health trusts have worked successfully together to recruit and deploy a mental health practitioners.

1515 - Break

  • Impact & Investment Fund (an explainer)

    This session will provide thought and guidance to support your planning for delivery of the Impact and Investment Fund (IIF).

    Tackling health inequalities - the spec

    Addressing health inqualities can feel an enormous task - this session explores how to identify a group in your community experiencing inequality and design an intervention that will make a positive difference.

    ICSs and the role of primary care

    Rob Webster, chief executive at West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, will sharer his views on primary care and the important role it plays in system development, and you will hear from Louise Patten, director of the NHS Confederation's ICS Network, on integrating primary care at place and system.

  • Three years into the PCN contract, a changing external environment with a focus on integration, the impact of COVID-19 and pressure on resources - the panel will share their views on what the primary care of the future needs to look like.

    Closing address

    PCN Network vice chair Kat Dalby Welsh reflects on the day's conference and takes a moment to reflect on the incredible work of primary care over the last 18 months.