The 21/22 DES Specification states that PCNs should:

Establish a Community of Practice between practice level clinical staff and system partners to support the delivery of requirements for 1 & 2 above, encouraging:

  • Peer to peer learning events: looking at data, trends in diagnosis across a PCN, including cases where patients presented repeatedly before referral and late diagnosis
  • Engagement with local system partners: Patient Participation Groups, Secondary Care, Cancer Alliance, Public Health, Commissioning Teams

Note: This section does not overlap with QOF QI

Suggestions for establishing communities of practice

  • Hold PCN peer to peer meetings
  • Link in with your CCG GP cancer lead (details in resources section below)
  • Look for opportunities to collaborate on work across PCNs/CCGs/the Cancer Alliance footprint (C&M)
  • Look for education opportunities; this could be:
  • something identified, developed and delivered locally between PCN’s
  • a suggestion to your CCG GP cancer lead, commissioning or public health team
  • a suggestion to the Cancer Alliance for a network wide opportunity
  • Where possible work with cancer charities who likely have resources to support primary care e.g. CRUK, Macmillan