• First wave of job adverts for new primary care networks published
  • Include new “strategic leadership” roles and managers to support clinical leadership
  • Such management roles not covered by new funding for PCNs

The first wave of job adverts for the new workforce going into primary care networks have been posted online, including various new managerial roles.

Most of the positions advertised so far are for clinical pharmacists and social prescribing link workers.

However, the adverts also include new “strategic leadership” roles or managers to support PCNs’ clinical leadership.

PCNs must appoint a clinical director, and NHS England recently said “a large number of new and younger clinical leaders have come forward” for these roles.

New funding has been made available for this role, as well as pharmacists and link workers. The managerial support posts, however, are not directly funded, meaning networks would have to fund these positions from their general development funds.

Titan primary care network, a group of three practices in the Luton area, is looking for a PCN project manager for 15 hours a week to support the clinical director and “lead on implementation of services and initiatives,” among other roles.

The network decided it needs a dedicated PCN manager because “the skills, attention and time required are over and above what practice managers can offer,” the clinical director, Monica Alabi, told HSJ.

Central funding will not cover the role so cash “will have to come from the PCN development monies,” Dr Alabi said. The contract will run until March 2020, when the PCN will review whether it needs to continue the post.

Meanwhile, a two-days-a-week senior manager for strategy and planning role, advertised by a PCN in Romford, east London, requires somebody to work across a range of duties including producing an operating plan with the clinical director and “assisting in investigations into serious incidents within primary care practice, nursing homes or other health care providers” for the network’s registered population. It pays at least £35 per hour, which equates to a pro-rata salary of around £68,000.

Boston PCN is also seeking a full-time manager, for a salary of £40,000.

It comes after Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group decided to use some of its funds from the final year of GP Forward View to pay for deputy clinical directors to support its PCN leaders in the first year of the job.

Hugh Porter, chair of Nottingham City CCG, told HSJ: “There’s going to be a lot of work to do getting PCNs really firing on all cylinders” in terms of the different practices working together as well as starting to work with other local health and care partners.

“It’s a big ask to get that really going quickly so, extra clinical leadership, we thought that would turbocharge the development,” Dr Porter added.